ESD To Tour Macomb Emergency Operations Center

SOUTHFIELD — Members of the Engineering Society of Detroit can get a behind-the-scenes look at Macomb County’s Communications and Technology Center Thursday, Sept. 24.

Completed in December of 2013, the Macomb County Communications and Technology Center is a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that provides 24/7 situational awareness for our residents, businesses and first responders. Whether it pertains to a routine traffic accident, fire or EMS call for service, road closure or an escalating emergency event such as severe weather, COMTEC is ready to assist.

The facility houses the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Centralized Dispatch, the Road Department Traffic Operations Center, the Information Technology Department and Data Center, and the Emergency Management & Communications Department. Placing all of these operation centers into one location allows COMTEC to maximize scarce resources and improve services.

These four areas of county operations are dependent on each other on a daily basis. This center satisfies the need for a central location that is operable 24/7 and has the ability to monitor, manage, prevent, protect and respond to any type of emergency situation throughout the county.

The tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. with registration and networking, with the tour running from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost of the tour is $25 for ESD members. Or join ESD for $75 — a 25 percent discount — and take the tour for free. (This offer is good for new, first-time members only.)

To sign up for the tour or for more information,  contact Matt Roush, ESD Director of Communications and Public Relations, at mroush@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 112.

Highlights of the center are a 20-by-50-foot video wall accessible to the Road Department, the Sheriff’s Dispatch and the Emergency Operations Center. There are also eight traffic monitoring stations, 25 dispatch stations, a centralized data center, emergency generator power, a computer lab and training center, and integrated communication and technology.

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