LAFAYETTE, La. - The Lafayette Parish Communication District held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the new state-of-the-art 911 Communications Center for Lafayette Parish.
In 1983, under the direction of then Director Bill Vincent, Lafayette Parish was the first in the State of Louisiana to go on-line with an enhanced 911 emergency telephone system which offered 911 services to its citizens.
For the past 36 years, the 911 center has been located at 800 S. Buchanan Street. Due to growth, expansion of services, and advances in technology, a new facility was desperately needed.
A new 23,000 square foot building will be built for not only today's needs but to also adequately accommodate for 25 or more years expected growth of Lafayette Parish.
With this new facility, Lafayette Parish will once again be a leader in providing the latest in public safety communications technology and will be the first in the state with an advanced 911 cloud-based CAD system. The facility will allow 911 and other public safety agencies in the parish to provide the citizens of Lafayette Parish the best emergency services possible.
The new center is expected to open at the end of 2020.