A NEW state-of-the-art Joint Emergency Services Coordination Centre purposely built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled on the Gold Coast and will be put to the test this weekend during the GC600.
The facility incorporates the latest technologies in surveillance and incident and event management and will become the safety and security nerve centre during the 2018 Games. Scroll down to take a tour!
The purpose-built ‘bunker’ provides a workspace for over 50 people across two floors and can be altered to manage multiple large-scale incidents as well as smaller event operations.
The highly configurable space was recently completed after undergoing a major 18-week renovation and fit out.
The centre includes several mobile workshops, conference rooms, a breakout room for incident management and the extensive use of operable walls to create flexible working environments. Scroll down for video!
Once the Games are over, the state-of-the-art facility will remain a permanent fixture on the Coast and will assist in managing major events like the Gold Coast 600, Schoolies, smaller scale planned operations and critical incidents.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the centre would go on to be a significant legacy of the Commonwealth Games.
“In order to ensure the safest Games possible, it was vital to build a cutting-edge, adaptable facility to deliver the safety response for GC2018,” Minister Ryan said.
“The JESCC is that facility and it will be a vital part of our safety and security operation here next year.
“The JESCC’s construction was delivered on schedule, within budget and to its intended design due to the enormous collaborative effort involving police, partners from across the Public Safety Business Agency, the other emergency services and external contractors.”
The JESCC will be fully tested this weekend during the Gold Coast 600 in order to refine operability and coordination across the emergency services.
“While the JESCC is now complete, it is important to make sure that everything is working as it should – and the Gold Coast 600 this weekend provides police and other emergency services with the perfect opportunity to stand it up and test it out over a few days,” Minister Ryan said.
“A smaller-scale successful test of the JESCC was conducted during the Gold Coast marathon earlier this year.
“I am proud that the Palaszczuk Government has delivered the most significant GC2018 legacy for police and emergency services agencies on the Gold Coast.”
Police visited a number of world-class facilities and undertook extensive consultation with several security agencies both in Australia and overseas to ensure the newly-built facility could support a large-scale event.
In addition to the JESCC, a 24-hour police facility will also operate inside the Games Village prior to the arrival of the athletes and for the duration of the Games.
Minister Ryan said the two facilities formed an integral part of the Games’ comprehensive security overlay.