New Emergency Operations Center Planned for Hesperia

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SAN BERNARDINO Calif. – The City of Hesperia will become the Public Safety Operations Center for the High Desert, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt told Best Syndication.

Last year the county built a government center to house offices for public officials. Upon Mitzelfelt’s insistence, the building was designed as an “essential facility” to withstand a major disaster like an earthquake. This week he took the next step to designate the facility as a special operations center.

“Establishing an emergency operations center in the High Desert will greatly enhance the capabilities of our fire and police services both here and throughout the county,” the supervisor said in a statement.

San Bernardino, the largest county in the contiguous United States, is larger than the smallest four states combined. Most of the area encompasses the high desert; and the closest emergency facility is in Rialto. David Zook, spokesperson for the supervisor, says that facility is old and not up to essential standards.

The conversion of the facility should be completed by 2013, but there are some final votes and environmental studies needed. The plan is to move the Sheriff’s dispatch center from Victorville to the new Hesperia facility. The county fire department will also house their alternate dispatch operations there.

The City of Hesperia has also played a major role in the project. “I would like to thank the City of Hesperia for their partnership and cooperation on this needed facility,” Mitzelfelt said.

By: Dan Wilson

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