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by TARA REILLY | January 7, 2004
Washington County's 911 Communications Center received a Certificate of Excellence from the Maryland Department of Public Safety for meeting or exceeding state expectations during an annual inspection. The Washington County Commissioners presented the certificate to emergency communications officials at Tuesday's meeting.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 17, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The cause of telephone service outages in Berkeley County Thursday evening were not immediately explained by local emergency officials, who experienced the problem themselves. "Some areas are working, some don't," said Steve Allen, director of Berkeley County's office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. A 911 dispatcher confirmed their communications center was affected by the outage. "It just started a little while ago, we don't know what's going on," the emergency official said.
NEWS
By DANA BROWN | August 27, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County's new Center for Emergency Services was officially commissioned and open for the public to tour Friday. The new facility, in the Letterkenny Industrial Area, provides more than 12,000 square feet of space and houses the Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Operations Center and the Communications Center, serving all of Franklin County. Department of Emergency Services Director Dave Donohue said the $7 million facility provides space for staff and technology, and allows for future growth of the department.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2012
After about an hour of debate Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to contribute $400,000 per year to a multiuse stadium in downtown Hagerstown. Rather than make a direct contribution, the county will take over the city's current $405,603-a-year contribution to the county's consolidated 911 emergency communications center, the commissioners decided. The shift will allow the city to divert the money it had been paying for the 911 center to downtown revitalization projects, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 2, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Saying space is cramped and there's no room to expand, Washington County's director of emergency services wants to move the 911 Communications Center from an outdated basement on West Washington Street to another county facility on Elliott Parkway. But the move, which would cost $2.29 million, probably wouldn't be permanent. In another 10 years, Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth said, he'd like the communications center to move to a larger emergency services complex that would house the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, police dispatchers the Special Operations Team and other emergency services agencies.
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by TARA REILLY | March 13, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Emergency Services Director Joe Kroboth has asked the County Commissioners to approve nearly $450,000 in renovations to the 911 communications center, saying the facility lacks the space to accommodate equipment and program upgrades. The renovations would begin in fiscal year 2005, which starts July 1. The project would include a new fire and rescue dispatch operations room, improvements to the administrative offices and a training room for emergency service providers, according to the county's proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is ready to vote on a proposed $283.4 million budget following a public hearing Tuesday night on the spending plan at Hagerstown Community College, according to one commissioner. Commissioner William B. McKinley said after the hearing that the commissioners will consider the comments from about nine people who spoke at the 7 p.m. hearing at the Kepler Theater then vote on the plan. About 50 people were at the hearing. Oscar Evans of Sharpsburg criticized the commissioners' plan for planned improvements to roads like Robinwood Drive, saying there is no money for other road improvements in the county.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | October 3, 2002
Washington County's 911 Communications Center has been understaffed for two years, creating workload problems for dispatchers and supervisors, Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth said Wednesday. The ongoing staffing problems have been further complicated by an annual increase in the number of calls received during those two years, he said. Kroboth said three dispatchers per eight-hour shift are on hand to answer emergency calls 24 hours a day every day. The department has 24 full- and part-time dispatchers and a budget of about $1.1 million.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
City of Hagerstown officials on Friday released a preliminary project timeline for the planning and construction of a proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center. According to the schedule, the first pitch in a new facility that could house the Hagerstown Suns could be thrown in spring 2015. Provided that other steps are met - including securing a new long-term lease with the Suns - the timeline projects demolition of the site at the corner of Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue to begin about May 2013.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is ready to vote on a proposed $283.4 million budget following a public hearing Tuesday night on the spending plan at Hagerstown Community College, according to one commissioner. Commissioner William B. McKinley said after the hearing that the commissioners will consider the comments from about nine people who spoke at the 7 p.m. hearing at the Kepler Theater then vote on the plan. About 50 people were at the hearing. Oscar Evans of Sharpsburg criticized the commissioners' plan for planned improvements to roads like Robinwood Drive, saying there is no money for other road improvements in the county.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
City of Hagerstown officials on Friday released a preliminary project timeline for the planning and construction of a proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center. According to the schedule, the first pitch in a new facility that could house the Hagerstown Suns could be thrown in spring 2015. Provided that other steps are met - including securing a new long-term lease with the Suns - the timeline projects demolition of the site at the corner of Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue to begin about May 2013.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2012
After about an hour of debate Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to contribute $400,000 per year to a multiuse stadium in downtown Hagerstown. Rather than make a direct contribution, the county will take over the city's current $405,603-a-year contribution to the county's consolidated 911 emergency communications center, the commissioners decided. The shift will allow the city to divert the money it had been paying for the 911 center to downtown revitalization projects, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.
SPORTS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2012
The prospect of building a new multiuse sports and events center in downtown Hagerstown took another step forward Tuesday night. In a joint meeting before a large crowd at City Hall, Washington County and city elected officials agreed on a potential funding model to build the $30-million facility that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team. Earlier Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an indirect contribution to the city's downtown revitalization efforts by permanently taking over the city's $400,000-a-year payment to the 911 emergency communications center.
NEWS
By DANA BROWN | August 27, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County's new Center for Emergency Services was officially commissioned and open for the public to tour Friday. The new facility, in the Letterkenny Industrial Area, provides more than 12,000 square feet of space and houses the Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Operations Center and the Communications Center, serving all of Franklin County. Department of Emergency Services Director Dave Donohue said the $7 million facility provides space for staff and technology, and allows for future growth of the department.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 17, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The cause of telephone service outages in Berkeley County Thursday evening were not immediately explained by local emergency officials, who experienced the problem themselves. "Some areas are working, some don't," said Steve Allen, director of Berkeley County's office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. A 911 dispatcher confirmed their communications center was affected by the outage. "It just started a little while ago, we don't know what's going on," the emergency official said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 2, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Saying space is cramped and there's no room to expand, Washington County's director of emergency services wants to move the 911 Communications Center from an outdated basement on West Washington Street to another county facility on Elliott Parkway. But the move, which would cost $2.29 million, probably wouldn't be permanent. In another 10 years, Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth said, he'd like the communications center to move to a larger emergency services complex that would house the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, police dispatchers the Special Operations Team and other emergency services agencies.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 13, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Emergency Services Director Joe Kroboth has asked the County Commissioners to approve nearly $450,000 in renovations to the 911 communications center, saying the facility lacks the space to accommodate equipment and program upgrades. The renovations would begin in fiscal year 2005, which starts July 1. The project would include a new fire and rescue dispatch operations room, improvements to the administrative offices and a training room for emergency service providers, according to the county's proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | January 7, 2004
Washington County's 911 Communications Center received a Certificate of Excellence from the Maryland Department of Public Safety for meeting or exceeding state expectations during an annual inspection. The Washington County Commissioners presented the certificate to emergency communications officials at Tuesday's meeting.
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