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County To Hold 25th Anniversary Celebration of Emergency Response Center This Weekend The Center Handles 600 9-1-1 calls and up to 1,800 non emergency calls daily

(Clayton, NJ)- The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders will honor the 25th Anniversary of the County's Office of Emergency Response Center this Saturday, April 22nd in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Center located at 1200 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton.

The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Response went on air in December of 1980 and was the second regional county wide communications center in New Jersey. 

On June 5, 1985, Gloucester County became the first 9-1-1 center in the state to have ANI (automatic number identification).  On October 31, 1991, Gloucester County became the first enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) center in the state with ANI (automatic number identification & ALI (automatic location identification).

"For 25 years our Emergency Response Center has been a leader in emergency communications," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  "The County has invested in technology and infrastructure that help our dispatchers and staff performs their duties with outstanding results.  We are very proud of the work they do every day, answering approximately 600 9-1-1 calls daily and another 1,500 to 1,800 non emergency calls per day," Sweeney said. 

Freeholder Director Sweeney said that as the county has grown in population over the past 25 years that the Office Emergency Response has been staying in pace with the public safety needs of the residents, police, fire squads and EMS workers.

"Today Gloucester County dispatches forty seven fire companies, twenty six ambulance squads, four paramedic units, twenty two Police Departments, Sheriffs Departments, Corrections Department, Prosecutors Office, GC SWAT, GC ERT, GC CBRNE/HAZMAT, GC Fire Marshals, New Jersey Aero medical program southern region, 5000 Emergency workers, and  New Jersey CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing)," stated Director Sweeney.  "That is a long way from the twelve fire departments and eight ambulance squads we originally set out dispatching in 1981," Sweeney said.

Freeholder Helene M. Reed said, "In addition to dispatching police, fire and EMS, the Office of Emergency Response also is the back up 9-1-1 center for Salem, Burlington, and Cumberland Counties and also the off hour answering point for GC Animal Shelter, Prosecutors Office, GC Highway, GC Emergency, GC Buildings and Grounds."  Reed serves as liaison to the Department of Emergency Response. 

"Our call takers and dispatchers are often the first voices that people connect with when they are in a state of panic or in the middle of an emergency, and they do an outstanding job at communicating with both the caller and the public safety community to bring assistance during a crisis," said Freeholder Reed.  "This 25th Anniversary is an honor to the dispatchers, call takers and entire public safety community as well as to recognize the huge advances Gloucester County's Office of Emergency Response has taken over the past 25 years," Reed said.

Many of the county's fire departments and emergency response units will be at the 25th Anniversary of the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Response on Saturday.  The Glassboro Honor Guard will present the Colors and Rev. Warren Light will give the invocation.  The event is open to the public and will take place from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, April 22nd at the Gloucester County Department of Emergency Response, Government Services Building, 1200 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton.