County breaks ground on new call center

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A worker walks toward a tent for a lunch break at the site of the future Hawaii County Emergency Call Center in Hilo on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.

  • County officials break ground Wednesday at the site of the future emergency call center in Hilo. In attendance at the groundbreaking were Mayor Mitch Roth, Managing Director Lee Lord, Councilman Aaron Chung, Hawaii Police Chief Paul Ferreira, Hawaii Fire Assistant Chief Ian Smith, Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno, and representatives from Hensel Phelps Construction. (Courtesy of Cyrus Johnasen/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A new emergency call center being built in Hilo will improve communications between the county’s police and fire departments.