Purchase planned for new technology for 911 center _lowres

Photo provided by Allison Hudson -- Gathered in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatch center are, from left, dispatcher Tonya Castle, Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Fire Marshal Butch Browning, State Rep. Johnny Berthelot and dispatcher Toni Daigle.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley and the Department of Public Safety are embarking on an agreement to purchase new technology improvements for the future 911 communications center, according to a news release.

“Ascension Parish is growing, and it is vital that we keep up with new technology that will improve the way our communications center works,” Wiley said.

The new 911 center will break ground in the first quarter of 2016 on 2.2 acres of the former All-Star Ford site on Airline Highway in Gonzales.

The existing dispatch center is limited to seven consoles, while the new 911 center will have 10 consoles, a larger work space and room for future growth. The current dispatch center will serve as a backup for catastrophic events.

Wiley credited State Rep. Johnny Berthelot and Fire Marshal Butch Browning with obtaining the needed funds.