The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors talked big ticket items during their work session Wednesday morning.
One of the big ticket capital improvements will cost $6 million in 2015. Albemarle supervisors considered funding some important emergency response upgrades. When every second could mean a life, it is critical to have a state-of-the-art dispatch and records system for the Charlottesville – UVA - Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC).
The integrated system will allow dispatchers quick access to records of resources like the position of fire extinguishers and hazardous materials units.
“Today the agencies aren't using the latest technology in their cruisers, in their computers, in their car. We are using a records management system that was essentially constructed in 1990s,” said Col. Steve Sellers of the Albemarle County Police Department.
The new system will allow responders in the field to see calls as soon as they come in so that they can get themselves en route as soon as possible.
The dispatch system will cost $18 million more in future years - that's in addition to the $6 million slated for 2015. Supervisors won't approve a final budget until April.