Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, December 11, 2009

Boise EOC is "Cutting Edge"

Boise EOC is "Cutting Edge"
   Boise, Dec. 11, 2009 - Boise City officially opened and dedicated the city's Emergency Operations Center today. The Boise EOC ushers in new technology that, in case of large scale emergencies, incidents, or investigations, gives Boise Police and Fire state of the art communications, meant to improve public and emergency responder safety.

  During the unveiling of the room this morning to Ada County elected officials, Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson and Fire Chief Dennis Doan dedicated the room to those who made the impressive technology possible; the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, Director, Colonel William H. Shawver, the cooperation and dedication of Doug Hardman, Director, Ada City-County Emergency Management, Mayor Dave Bieter, the Boise City Council, and Commissioners of Ada County and the Ada County Highway District.

What is an EOC  
   An emergency operations center, or EOC, is a central command and control facility.

   The Boise's EOC is essentially a large information and communications center where leaders and supervisors can gather, collect up-to-the-minute information, and use that information to communicate the best operational response to protect life and property.

   Having one central location where all information is gathered and analyzed, and leaders can come together to make operational decisions while sharing information has been recognized, particularly since 9-11, as essential to public safety in emergencies or disasters.

   In additional to emergencies or disasters, the Boise City EOC is also equipped and will be used to manage security for large community events, visiting dignitaries, and complex police or fire incidents or investigations.

Capabilities of the Boise City EOC
   Capabilities of the Boise City EOC includes; 
   - Video Conferencing, with connections to other city, county, state EOCs, to large employers or critical functions like hospitals or corporations. The Boise EOC will also eventually have video conferencing connections to satellite locations for both police and fire, including Boise State, the Boise Airport, and neighborhood fire stations.

  - Real time access to ACHD traffic cameras (coming spring 2010)

  - Access to a WebEOC, internet connections to other EOCs.

  - Ability to project CAD, the computer aided dispatch system that tracks locations and calls being responded to by police, fire, and EMS, and connects directly to the mobile display terminals (MDTs) in each emergency response vehicle.

  - An Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) system that tracks the location of all city emergency response vehicles.

   - Radio communications connecting the numerous emergency responders, including police, fire, EMS, public works, power companies, etc. (coming summer 2010)

Cost of the Boise City EOC

   The cost to equip Boise's new Emergency Operations Center was $220,000, paid for thanks to grants from Ada City County Emergency Management through the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.