Volusia County is building a new Emergency Operations Center and Communications Center for its 911 dispatchers and will spend $411,000 to furnish the new building. Volusia County Spokesman Dave Byron tells FOX 35 there is no waste in the spending, and it is comparable to other facilities of the same type.
"I can assure you that every aspect of this building from the design to the construction to the furnishings has been scrutinized multiple times. The furnishings that are in this building, much of it is specialized furniture. It's not just leather back chairs and conference rooms."
According to Byron, one of the larger expenses will be the chairs 911 dispatchers will use in the call center, and that was not an area they were willing to go cheap.
"It is definitely life-saving work. They work under high pressure. They need a chair that is comfortable. We also need a chair that someone that can withstand someone sitting in it constantly. These chairs are not idle," said Byron. "They're occupied 24 hours a day."
The chairs also come with a lifetime warranty. The original budget was even higher, close to $480,000, but Byron says they were able to reduce costs by piggybacking on a state contract.
The new Operations Center is slated to open next year.