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Visitors wowed as Harford dedicates new emergency services center
Visitors wowed as Harford dedicates new emergency services center

It's a sign of just how far Harford County has advanced in emergency planning and response that more than 200 people could fit in the nerve center for the dedication of the county's new $50 million Emergency Operations Center north of Bel Air Saturday afternoon. Many of the speakers and those in the throng seated and standing along the walls of the main emergency response room recalled working in rooms no smaller than one of the new center's break rooms and, in the pre-911 days, listening for calls on Bearcat scanners and answering one of the two emergency telephone lines for the entire county. And, as several of them wryly noted, they won't have to sleep on the floor...

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