MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County is turning a former fire station in Fitchburg into an emergency operations center.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Thursday the county agreed to purchase the former Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2 for $1.8 million.
The new location will give the county twice as much space which can be used to facilitate training, according to a news release.
Parisi said an advantage of this location is that it’s separate from the downtown Madison location where the bulk of the city and county operations occur.
“Acquiring this site will enable all of our Dane County Emergency Management functions and resources to be centrally located all under one roof,” Parisi said.
With recent flooding, severe snow and other natural events like the Verona tornado from a few years ago, Parisi says this additional space is necessary to coordinate regional responses.
“Our emergency operations center will be turn-key and be fully functional on a dime in a case when we need it,” Parisi said.
The upgraded building will help streamline the upcoming Dane County Jail consolidation project, which is set to begin in 2021 according to a press release.
The current Dane County Emergency Management Offices and Operation Center are located in the Public Safety Building.
Parisi says they’re looking to remodel over the summer and hope to be in that facility next January.