Almost two years to the day after groundbreaking, the $15 million Dublin Public Safety Complex celebrated its grand opening on Feb 22. Over 150 attendees of all ages were present for the festivities, which began with the presentation of the colors by the Dublin police and fire cadets, followed by Johnette Jenkins singing the National Anthem.
Dublin Mayor David Haubert began the ceremony recognizing all the city staff, police, fire and sheriff’s departments for their input into the plans to bring the complex to the city. “Dublin is already a very safe place to live, work and raise a family. This facility will increase our ability to serve all the residents,” Haubert said.
The new 24,800-square-foot structure contains both Dublin police and Alameda County Fire Department facilities. Up to this time, the services were housed in cramped quarters in two different locations in the city. The building has solar panels which handle 70% of the electricity needs, plus back-up generators if necessary.
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty stated, “As a member of the county public safety committee, I am extremely proud of the county’s relationship with Dublin. This city now has a ‘state of the art’ facility to keep their citizens safe.”
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the public entered for a guided tour of the building. Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes began the tour stating, “We were honored to have had the support of the city council and the citizens to make an investment like this. We are very excited to open this new facility.”
Members of the police and fire departments described how the new structure would help them be more efficient.
The operations room has expanded. Here, where staff monitors patrols, traffic, and calls for service and emergencies, the previous quarters only provided three work stations. Now, 14
stations will be available for response and dispatch capabilities when the facility officially opens on March 1. In addition, the crime prevention center is located in a separate section of the building and has individual workspaces to handle concerns.
The heart of the building contains the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Within the large room, nine huge screens on one wall keepwatch in real time not only on Dublin, but also on the surrounding areas of Alameda County. If there were a disaster of any kind, the problem can be followed and dealt with expeditiously. Danyta Romero, Chair of Dublin’s Chamber of Commerce, stated, “I am so excited to see our police and fire department have this modern resource. This EOC is like NASA.”
The opening ceremony included the unveiling of the “Ribbon” art installation in front of the building. Gordon Heuther, a Napa based artist, described his stainless steel 17-foot-tall creation, inset with red and blue glass, as representing the universally recognized symbols of respect for first responders. “It is a symbol of their commitment, honor, integrity and trust to their community. These are the words all of us should live by,” he said.