Service and Partners Unveil New Interagency Dispatch Center
In March 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) jointly celebrated the opening of the new Illinois Interagency Dispatch Center (IIDC) located at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Carbondale, Illinois. The interagency fire partners held an open house to mark the occasion to provide the first opportunity for many who were instrumental in visualizing and planning the facility to see the final product, which was created to meet the emergency dispatch needs of multiple agencies.
Nearly 50 people were present to tour the building, view the renovations, and participate in a brief awards ceremony. Each of the four agencies which share space at IIDC were present, as well as representatives from Golconda Job Corps Center (GJCC), John A. Logan College (JALC), Williamson County Emergency Management Agency and a congressional staffer.
During the ceremony, Crab Orchard NWR Manager Dan Frisk, spoke briefly about the success of this joint venture and thanked all parties for their part in completing the project. Frisk commented that this joint project is, “An example of where we have worked together to maximize our dollars and maximize resources for the common good.”
Additionally, Shawnee National Forest Supervisor Allen Nicholas acknowledged his pleasure with recent developments and the relationship building that has been fostered by the hard work of all involved agencies. The IIDC not only provides efficient and effective response to local wildland fires, but also to nationwide wildfire events and other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods.
An awards ceremony was held during the open house to honor and recognize people and organizations that were crucial in the success of developing IIDC.
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