South Dakota Senator visits KOTA Territory dispatch center - KOTA Territory News

South Dakota Senator visits KOTA Territory dispatch center


Wednesday one South Dakota senator took a tour of a Rapid City facility used to aid in fire suppression.

Senator Tim Johnson supported about $2 million that helped fund the facility. So Wednesday he came to Rapid City to get a tour of the Great Plains Dispatch center and see how it held up during such a busy fire season.

Great Plains Dispatch deals with nine different agencies in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. Previously the center was located out by the airport, but its new location is right on the U.S. Forest Service campus off Highway 16.

Making collaborating efficient and the dispatchers jobs easier. "It makes all the sense in the world to have it this way," said Senator Johnson. "This is the newest facility in the country and it's a model for others to model themselves after."

Great Plains Dispatch Center deals with one of the largest zones in the United States.


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