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Tour Benton County's Emergency Services Center

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RICHLAND, Wash.--First stop on the tour is the Emergency Operations Center. This is where personnel can close local roads because of a fire.. Even coordinate with the FAA to issue flight restrictions, if needed. The room is basically an extension of the 9-1-1 Dispatch center. Emergency services staff say the tour encourages feedback.

"We like to showcase that to the public at least once a year so they can get in, talk to us, see what we do, get an idea of what resources are available here," says BCES PIO Steve Sautter.

Each year, local 9-1-1 operators receive over 300,000 calls for help. On the tour, you'll get to see inside the Dispatch center. Kids will also be able to practice making 9-1-1 calls in a conference room.

The tour is Saturday, September 22nd from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Better hurry, the clock is ticking.