Washington County has plans, timetable for emergency center in Fayetteville; officials say experience helped guide center’s design

Ben Marmon, a network engineer with Ozarks Electric Cooperative, watches Thursday from a set in the cooperatives Emergency Operations Center in Fayetteville. Washington County is proceeding with plans for a new Emergency Operations Center. As part of the process, county officials toured the center at the cooperative. Visit nwaonline.com/photo for todays photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)

FAYETTEVILLE -- Emergency services officials say Washington County's planned emergency operations center is needed and long overdue.

"It's something we've never really had," Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Good with the Fayetteville Fire Department said of the project.