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August 10, 2023
Stephanie Birmingham


Emergency Communications Open House Aug. 11

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – After four months of construction, renovations to expand and enhance Sedgwick County’s Emergency Communications (9-1-1) Center are complete!

An Open House for the media and Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) is this Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Public Safety Building, 714 N. Main. Emergency Communications Director Elora Forshee will be available for interviews, and the media can get video of a demonstration at a call-taking console.

The renovation of 9-1-1’s dispatch center achieves several goals:

·         Expands the workspace from 26 consoles to 48

·         Creates two workstations for COMCARE to embed mental health providers who will                    directly respond to 9-1-1 callers in crisis

·         Allows room for future growth to add staffing

·         Provides employees with a refreshed work environment that includes ergonomic                          options to adjust computer monitors, desktop heights and personal climate controls

“These renovations, combined with recently implemented new technology, are all designed to create a comfortable and supportive work environment that lets our employees know how valuable they are to Sedgwick County and its residents,” said Elora Forshee. “We are also committed to growing our team, and we hope the new communications center, combined with recent pay increases and other employee-focused initiatives, will encourage more people to look at 9-1-1 as a career option.”

 With the added workspace, Emergency Communications plans to continue hiring 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers. Information about employment opportunities and how to apply can be found at Work for 9-1-1 | Sedgwick County, Kansas.