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  • SD3.01 Communications Emergency Operations Center

    Total Actual Cost: $36,287,066
    Project Number: CSD.SCOMOC
    Funding Sources: 2004 General Obligation Bonds
    Completion Date: November, 2012
    Managing Dept.: Sheriff's Department
    Project Map: GIS Map

    The original 2004 bond question called for an approximately 50,000 square foot Regional Communications Center and Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center proposed to be located at 2399 East Ajo Way.  The Communications Center was to allow for the co-location of dispatch functions of the Pima County Sheriff, Tucson Police Department, and Tucson Fire Department, inclusive of 9-1-1 telecommunications equipment. The Bond Implementation Plan was amended to permit the additional co-location of a consolidated dispatch operation serving the fire districts in unincorporated Pima County.  During the project, two changes to the program were made: an existing building located at 3434 E. 22nd Street was purchased and renovated instead of new construction; and, backup dispatch and 9-1-1 service capabilities were provisioned through use of two facilities as opposed to one.

    The 63,000 square foot Pima Emergency Communications & Operations Center (PECOC) became operational on November 9, 2012 when the Emergency Operations Center relocated.  The facility will house the Pima County Emergency Operations Center, Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Pima County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch, Fire Districts Dispatch, and backup dispatch and 9-1-1 capabilities for the City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments.  The City of Tucson’s Thomas Price Service Center will be a companion facility with similar backup capabilities for the PECOC tenants.

    The facility will be the focal point for Pima County’s emergency management functions and services.  Dispatch services for first responders in unincorporated Pima County will be co-located so they may better coordinate services.  The Emergency Operations Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology for improved operational awareness for emergency managers. The selection of the existing building for renovation helps to revitalize an economically depressed area of Tucson.



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