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911: APSU comes to the ‘rescue' of Robertson County

Thanks to Austin Peay State University, when a Robertson County citizen dials 911, the time it takes for first responders to arrive at the scene soon should be shorter.

Two years ago, Robertson County officials began discussions with the Department of Homeland Security about updating its 911 Center by establishing a new photographic database.

The countys 911 officials teamed up with APSU to create a Geographic Information System by putting together a picture map of every home, business and building in the county.
Thanks to Austin Peay State University, when a Robertson County citizen dials 911, the time it takes for first responders to arrive at the scene soon should be shorter.

Two years ago, Robertson County officials began discussions with the Department of Homeland Security about updating its 911 Center by establishing a new photographic database.

The county's 911 officials teamed up with APSU to create a Geographic Information System by putting together a picture map of every home, business and building in the county.

Calls to Robertson County's 911 Center are linked to such information as phone numbers and addresses. Once the new digital database is in place, when the call comes in to Robertson County's 911 Center, the location of the specific home on the right road will show up.

Michael Wilson, Austin Peay's GIS manager, said the idea is to provide the dispatchers with as much information as possible about where they are sending responders, with the hope that the extra information will mean quicker response times.

APSU's GIS staff and students are in the process of photographing and taking a reading of all structures in Robertson County. After this phase is complete, they will link the picture to an aerial map of the entire county. Additionally, they will list other information that could help emergency crews, such as number of stories, roof type, etc.

According to Wilson, it will take about eight months to photograph every building in the county. But starting this winter, 911 officials will begin using the photos they have. The data will be updated at the 911 Center as new homes and businesses are built.

For more information, telephone Wilson at (931) 221-7500. —Dennie B. Burke