DuPage 911 Center In Final Stages, Expected To Launch This Summer

Craig Dellimore
May 16, 2018 - 7:56 am

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- DuPage County’s new state-of-the-art 911 Center is in the final stages of preparation for launching this summer.

DuComm, as the DuPage 911 Operation is known, is moving into a repurposed building that, Director of DuPage Public Safety Communications, Brian Tegtmeyer said housed the county’s Old Youth Home.

"About 14,000 square feet of this building was new construction and built to be harden. It can withstand impact of severe weather, up to and including an EF-5 tornado," he said.

Tegtmeyer said DuComm, handles emergency dispatch for much of DuPage.

"In the consolidation that has been occurring in DuPage County over the last 10 years, especially, we have added almost 20 agencies to our membership and we have doubled the size of our personnel, our number of employees and we needed more space," he said.  

County board member Gary Grasso, who chairs the Emergency Telephone System Board, said the $16-million facility will be a win-win.

"ETSB has put in about $4 million here of tax payer money. And DuComm has put in, if not more money. And we are going to get a solid rent from them," Grasso said.

The rest of the cost is financed.