(Update: added video, CJOC comments)
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council provided an update on a proposed regional emergency coordination and training center on Tuesday evening at Redmond City Council and has received the support of several councilors for it. ambitious project.
Looming threats and a rapidly growing region are just some of the reasons Shelby Knight, resilience planner at the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, said the regional emergency coordination and training center was needed in central Oregon.
The idea of a centralized hub in central Oregon that would collaborate and coordinate agencies during a disaster was envisioned over a decade ago, but began to gain momentum in 2018. It is proposed for the former Deschutes County-owned Redmond Rod & Gun Club range. near Redmond Airport.
“It’s really envisioned as this emergency coordination center, which is in a centralized location for emergency response and incident recovery operations,” Knight said Tuesday.
CJOC’s Community and Economic Development Officer Scott Aycock told NewsChannel 21 previously that central Oregon currently has inadequate facilities to meet the needs and requirements of the training and coordination center. regional emergencies in central Oregon, from forest fires to earthquakes.
The regional training complex has also changed its name. Formerly known as the Central Oregon Regional Training Complex, it is now known as RESTCC-CORE 3, the Central Oregon Regional Emergency Services Training and Coordination Center.
This is the first part of many phases that aim to make the site the primary incident support base for state-wide rescue and recovery operations in the event of a disaster, such as an earthquake. land in the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of Oregon.
“Central Oregon does not have sufficient facilities to meet existing mandatory training needs of local, state and federal public safety personnel,” 150-page “strategic business plan” presented to council states . “In a rapidly growing region, the need for qualified professionals in public safety and emergency services is increasing.
“In addition, the region does not have a multi-agency coordination center dedicated to emergency operations, nor an adequate emergency 911 center with redundant emergency dispatch capabilities,” the report said, which presents six potential phases and a total cost that could approach $ 100 million, if it materializes.
The RESTCC-CORE 3 hub is designed as a multipurpose space to house a multi-agency coordination center dedicated to emergency operations and an emergency 911 center with emergency dispatch capabilities, a training center to meet needs for existing and mandatory training of local, state, and federal public safety personnel; and for sheltering forest and structural fires from Central Oregon Community College and other related programs.
Knight says the center has the support of several agencies.
Bend Fire Department, Central Oregon Fire Management Department, Cities of Madras and Redmond, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Deschutes County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Office of Jefferson County are among those who have approved the regional facility.
“No one owns this project – it’s just a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional process, so that’s going to describe how we’re going to work together,” Knight said.
CJOC presented the need for the planned $ 100 million regional facility (at full capacity) to Redmond city councilors.