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Lenoir & Jones County become first state 911 system merger

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Two counties in eastern North Carolina are making history as the first two counties to combine their 911 systems in our state.

On Monday, Lenoir County and Jones County activated their merged 911 dispatch systems. So, when people in both counties call 911, dispatchers in Lenoir County will answer the phone. Lenoir county 911 Operations Manager, Paige Johnson says the Lenoir County Center will be in charge of sending out ambulances, fire trucks, and law enforcement to emergency situations.

"They're going to get the same help across the board. When we answer the phone it's going to be Lenoir, Jones County 911 what's the address of the emergency," said Johnson.

The merger is part of a $7.4 million state E911 Board grant the two counties received in September of last year. As part of the grant, Jones County will also build a 911 dispatch center behind the Jones County Sheriff's Office. The new building will serve as Jones' County's primary public safety answering point, and a back-up center for Lenoir County. Johnson says this will help both counties in the event of an emergency.

"lf there was a gas leak in the area and we were a part of that evacuation, we would have somewhere to go. Where, right now we don't," said Johnson.

The new Jones County 911 dispatch center is expected to be complete in December 2012.

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