The City of Brandon is set to make a major upgrade to its backup centre for provincial Enhanced 911 operations.
The city currently operates two separate backup centres for its E-911 service, one for police services and the other for 911 and fire services, but those two locations will be consolidated into a single facility in the basement of the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex. The police backup centre is currently located in Brandon Police Service headquarters.
According to a city tender document posted on Aug. 8, the backup centre would be used in the event of a natural disaster, fire, flood, power outage or other disaster that puts the primary E-911 facility out of commission.
The tender says the renovations will include building a network wiring room, a communications room and additional office space. Wiring for a card lock security system is also included in the scope of work.
"The City recognizes having the backup centre split between two (2) locations is less than ideal and requires many more resources than a single solution," the tender reads.
The facility in the civic complex currently houses the backup fire dispatch, but the renovation will be to build more workstations and the security requirements to house the backup police dispatch.
According to the tender document, the city plans to award the contract within four weeks of it closing on Sept. 6. Work is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019.
The City of Brandon runs 911 services for the majority of rural Manitoba outside of Winnipeg. Some areas in the north of the province aren’t serviced but in total, the Brandon facility serves 430,000 people.
A new radio tower is under construction outside the civic complex but a spokesperson for the city said it is not related to the E-911 backup centre renovations. Once completed, the tower will be used for non-emergency city radio communications.
Robert Stewart, the city’s director of emergency communications, could not be reached for more details on Wednesday.
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