Pointe Coupee gets updated 911 system
MORGANZA - Pointe Coupee's communication center is getting a face-lift to help better track 911 calls throughout the area.
The current system has been up and running for more than a decade, handling about 300 calls a day. Officials say they've reached the end of its lifespan, and the new system will help better track emergency calls.
"The vendor that provided the service to us told us that they could no longer support the system," said Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres. "They didn't have the parts... so we were forced to move into the next level."
The new system cost about $300,000. Sheriff officials said Senator Rick Ward and Representative Major Thibaut were able to help secure the funding from the state legislature.
Officials said their current system was missing detailed GPS and mapping information to help pin point exactly where someone could be in case of an emergency.
"If someone is visiting from Baton Rouge and passing through Pointe Coupee parish and needs assistance, when they call 911 we have the GPS coordinates so we can pinpoint exactly where the call is coming from," said Sheriff Torres.
The parish plans to have the new system up and running by Friday.