Grant helps pave way for bigger Ascension 911 center
GONZALES - Sheriff Jeff Wiley announced Monday that a new grant will help them build and equip a bigger 911 center for Ascension Parish.
Wiley said the APSO and state Department of Public Safety have a cooperative endeavor agreement to buy upgrades for the 911 center which is scheduled to break ground next year in Gonzales.
Wiley said the grant will help pay for ten 911 communication consoles and a larger work space which will also have room for future growth. The current dispatch center has only seven communications consoles.
"Ascension Parish is growing and it is vital that we keep up with new technology that will improve the way our communications center works," said Sheriff Wiley, who also said state Representative Johnny Berthelot and Fire Marshal Butch Browning made it possible to secure the money for the grant.
The sheriff said the current dispatch center will be used as a backup in case of a catastrophic event.