San Diego Police Department headquarters evacuated
911 dispatchers taken to different facility
Last Updated: 97 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Dozens of employees were evacuated from their posts at the San Diego Police Department headquarters after a fire alarm went off Monday night.
A police lieutenant at the scene told 10News about 50 people were evacuated into the streets near E and 14th streets. About half of those employees were dispatchers. They used two-way radios to communicate with officers in the field responding to priority calls.
Police said an alarm went off inside a computer room just after 8:30 p.m. Supervisors decided to evacuate.
“The fire ended up being a false alarm, so this was a good training opportunity for us all,” said Lt. Mark Bennett with SDPD.
Bennett said that all emergency calls were re-routed to San Diego County Sheriff's Department dispatchers.
Police dispatchers were taken to an undisclosed location that was close enough to headquarters so they could resume the call center uninterrupted.
“The sheriffs answered the calls for us, then they transferred the calls to our lead dispatcher who then made sure that any emergency calls and priority one calls were dispatched immediately,” Lt. Bennett added.
The fire department confirmed that the employees self-evacuated and there was no fire. Everyone was able to return less than 20 minutes later.
10News asked the police department when was the last time they had to use the two-way radio system in an emergency situation like the one Monday night. They responded that it was during the massive power outage in San Diego County in 2011.
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