Emergency operations centre to be built at Windsor airport

A new emergency operations centre will be located the Windsor airport.
Mayor Eddie Francis says an emergency operations centre needs to be outside of the existing grid of the downtown core. (CBC News)

A new emergency operations centre will be located the Windsor airport.

Mayor Eddie Francis said the current location is not ideal. It's in a building behind the main fire hall on Goyeau Street.

"An emergency operations centre needs to be outside of the existing grid of the downtown core. It needs to provide redundancy. It needs to provide the flexibility and capacity to operate the city, in the event that something happened down here. So the $1.5 million is a capital project earmark to allow for plans to come forward to expansion and building or whatever option."

The current facility is also too small, Francis said.

When it was pressed into service at the time of a large fire on the city's west side this spring, media briefings had to be held next door at the library.

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