1007 Spring 2019 A Tour of the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center
Friday, 9:45–12:00, Mar. 29
Coordinator: John Nash
Tour limit: 30
You face an emergency situation and, in a panic, dial 9-1-1. Immediately a calm, professional voice answers, gets information about your situation, and assures you that help is on the way. And it is! Fairfax County residents have access to one of the fastest and most reliable 9-1-1 emergency response systems in the nation. On this tour of the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC), OLLI members will see the nerve center hosting the county’s 9-1-1 call center where emergency calls come in and are routed to the closest emergency unit for assistance. In addition to the 9-1-1 call center, you will learn how the MPSTOC brings together multiple agencies from the county and commonwealth to enhance public safety, including the Office of Emergency Management as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police. The MPSTOC is located at 4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax 22030, right off West Ox Road and across from the Fairfax Costco Plaza. There is adequate parking in the front parking lots. The two-hour tour will begin promptly at 10:00, so arrive at 9:45 to assemble in the front hall of the building. Be sure to bring a valid driver’s license to show to security staff upon entering. You will not be admitted to the building without it. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up quickly to learn about another terrific resource available to Fairfax County residents.