b'50 DECEMERGENCY RESPONSEUpdated TechnologyOne of the biggest benefits of the new facility is the upgrade in technology, primarily on the ARFF side of the building. A new incident alert and emergency response communications system from Forum Communications raises the bay doors automatically when the alarm sounds. The system also is tied into the local 911 emergency dispatch center, so it automatically communicates with other emergency services in Macon County. The mezzanine level of the facility features a large conference room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Wright notes that its state-of-the-art technology could prompt the FAA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to use DEC as a training center. From an operational standpoint, maybe we can have some training with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and host airfield training for other airports now that we can handle larger groups, says Wright.Ryan Anderson, an Architectural Expressions For faster response, bay doors automatically open when the alarm sounds.principal, says his team worked closely with airport leaders and Hanson to ensure that the buildings design provided everything Security Enhanced needed for technologicalRYAN ANDERSONupgrades, including in Your Parking Garage a crash notification system, full generator backup power and alternate links to maintain Camera-based parkingcommunications with the National Guard guidance system: tower and the air traffic control tower in the event of an incident. During the design phase, Visibility betweenAndersons team communicated regularly with vehicles the airport to ensure that all of its requirements were met and building plans closely adhered Crisp HD real-timeto FAA design standards.streaming video Best Practices ApproachRecording whenSome aspects of DECs new facility were modeled after a similar combination ARFF/motion is detected orsnow removal equipment building at Southern continuously Illinois Airport (MDH) in Jackson County. Personnel from Architectural Expressions Recordings stored up tojoined DEC officials on a field trip to that 90 days airport before completing their design. The DEC structure is bigger than the one at MDH, but key components are similar, such as the configurations of bays for snow removal parkassist.com equipment.October 2023AirportImprovement.com'