New Emergency Operations Center Opens In Greenville

A new emergency operations center officially opened Thursday in Greenville.

A crowd gathered at Greenville's new emergency operation center off of East Tenth Street behind fire station number 6 for a ribbon cutting today.

The 4,000 square foot facility has been an ongoing project for the city since 2009. The facility is designed to withstand 150 MPH winds.

After receiving a federal grant and nearly $150,000 in donations from the city, the facility is now able to open its doors.

It's equipped with the newest technology, including secure video streaming with state and national agencies.

Interim Greenville Fire and Rescue Chief Eric Griffin says, "This is very important. This facility will allow us to be able to get all of our key leaders together in the event of a man made or natural disaster. Any major incident in the city of Greenville, we'll be able to come here and coordinate those activities from this facility.

When not in use as an EOC, this facility will be used for fire and rescue training purposes in partnership with the Public Safety Department of Economic Community Development at Pitt Community College.

PCC will be providing technology to make this a reality and enhance their programs offered for those who need to train and update their knowledge and skills in the fire and rescue professions.

Griffin says this facility is only for the city of Greenville. The Pitt County operations center off 5th Street will stay at its current location.