There Maybe a New Home for the Houston County and Dothan City Emergency Call Centers

A special committee is looking into the possibility of merging the Dothan city and Houston county emergency call centers.
Right now that committee has its eye on a downtown building.

This could be the new home for a joint communications center for Houston county and Dothan.
It would house the emergency 9-1-1 call center and other emergency offices.
So, the question may be, why is the center needed?

"We've pretty much out grown our communications center," says EMA Director Clark Matthews.

Right now the solution would be to place several departments under one roof, simply because the area is expanding.

"We've grown so big and fast as a community, that it's hard for them to maintain what they need to do for the communications center," says EMA Director Clark Matthews.

Of course right now you can tell the building is empty, there is a for sale sign out here right now, and they're hoping the highest bidder will be Dothan and Houston county EMA.

But first the committee wants to make sure the building on north foster is a good choice.
It's approved to spend 65-hundred dollars on a study to see if the building is structurally sound to withstand hurricane force winds.

"Preliminary indications, that was given by the architectural firm, looks good, but the only way we'd know for sure would be for them to go in there and study over all the foundations, the wall, and the roof," says EMA Director Clark Matthews.

Making sure this old building can be the new location of the call centers.


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