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VECC Celebrates Grand Opening

With a crowd ready to get their first look, the Visalia Emergency Communication Center celebrated its grand opening today with a ribbon cutting a big crowd and plenty of hearty applause.

The day's event was opened by Mayor Warren Gubler and Visalia Police Department Chaplain Paul Gendron and was followed the raising of the flag ceremony by Visalia Police and Fire Honor Guard.

 "This project broke ground on April 18, 2016 and was substantially completed this September 15th," shared Mayor Gubler. "The building is 18,872 square feet and consists of 51 different rooms."

On the first floor are the Visalia Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Fire Staff consisting of the Fire Chief, Administrative Battalion Chief, the Fire Marshall, four Fire Inspectors, two Administrative Assistants, one Administrative Analyst and office space for the another Battalion Chief and the Administrative Captain.

The second floor will house dispatch and Traffic Management Center, which includes staff of 30 PD dispatchers, one animal control dispatcher,  the Operations Support Captain, the Support Services Manager,  the Communications supervisor and two Night Watch Commanders.

"This is basically the first building in our new east downtown Civic Center," added Gubler. "We look forward, as a City Council and as a City, as we continue to fill in this area and bring other support buildings."

With staff recognition and remarks provided by City Manager Mike Olmos, Visalia Police Department Chief Jason Salazar and Visalia Fire Department Chief Doug McBee, the ribbon was cut and the facility was officially opened.

City staff will continue to place equipment and technology into the building, with Police staff slated to be in by December 2017.

To watch the archived live stream of the VECC Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, visit the City of Visalia on Facebook. 

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