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The art of listening by the dispatcher demands a high level of hearing. To do less would be an injustice to the dispatcher, the employer and the citizen who might only get one chance in a lifetime to call 9-1-1 for help! After many years in this field, I feel that the time has come to bring this deficiency to the forefront.
#IAM911 Movement Aims to Assist in Reclassifying Public Safety Telecommunicators Out of "Clerical" Classification
The #IAM911 movement is an effort beginning on Facebook to assist in the reclassification of public safety telecommunicators from "clerical," where US Governmentís Office of Management and Budget's Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee recently ruled they belong, to "protective..."
Just before Thanksgiving last year, an article entitled 12 Things That You Definitely Didn't Know About 911 Dispatchers hit the web, appearing on several sites simultaneously. Throughout the holiday season, this posting was linked to and commented on in social media circles frequented by folks from our profession. As suggested by the title, the piece promises to provide a dozen bits of insight into our world for consumption by the lay person. For the most part, though, the twelve things...
Unfortunately, when centers are barely adequately staffed to meet the challenges of a slow day, it doesn't take much to tip the delicate balance between promptness and delay...
In the past, emergency responders have been satisfied with only receiving basic, essential data for a call, such as the nature of the situation and the location to which they were responding. Over the past 15 years, major advancements in public safety technology systems have allowed first responder dispatchers to provide better information to enhance the decision-making process...
Surely an emergency dispatcher's worst nightmare is handling a call involving their own family. Illinois 9-1-1 Dispatcher Tracy Wilson experienced just this on June 17th when she took a call for a water rescue at the Rock Cut State Park after a canoe tipped over. After handling the call and getting rescuers on the way, Wilson received a cellphone call informing her that the victim was her son, 17-year old Mitchel Krause. He had been in the canoe when it tipped over on Pierce Lake and was...
More people will survive sudden cardiac arrest when 9-1-1 dispatchers help bystanders assess victims and begin CPR immediately, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
In a time when 9-1-1 agencies are clamoring for more training with less money 9-1-1 Magazine is proud to announce that high quality 30 and 60 minute training programs produced by the Law Enforcement And Public Safety Network (LEAPS.TV) will be available without cost and without registration on the 9-1-1 Magazine video portal.
In honor of our 25th Anniversary, take a walk with us through 9-1-1 Magazine's illustrious past!... 9-1-1 Magazine was the brainchild of publisher Jim Voelkl, whose family had owned Official Publications, Inc. (OPI) since 1945, publishing periodicals for, public safety and veterans associations and various other organizations. With numerous trade magazines serving the needs of the various components of public safety - Firehouse, Fire Engineering, American Fire Journal, Fire Chief, Police...
...I moved on with my life, and took my children with me to safety. Became ferociously independent. Felt wonderful. New life, new home, new job. My new job was as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. I knew that the job would be stressful, but I was an old pro at stress. Or so I thought. I had no idea the extent of stress that was heading my way...
Fear of police, language barriers, lack of knowledge of cardiac arrest symptoms and financial concerns prevent Latinos - particularly those of lower socioeconomic status - from seeking emergency medical help and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to a study published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine
We rely on addressing in multiple, everyday situations - mailing, navigation, emergency response and others. Addresses are assigned to single and multi-family homes, apartment buildings, industrial and commercial structures, and government structures. In some areas, addresses are assigned to identify infrastructure facilities, such as communication towers, fire hydrants, utility poles, bridges, and boat ramps.
Agency Cooperation & New World Systems' Software Help Sheriff Quickly Nab Bank Robber Across State Lines
Minutes after the Cornerstone Bank in Fargo, N.D. was robbed, the Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) and their five consolidated public safety agencies leveraged a shared radio system and New World Systems' multi-jurisdictional Aegis Public Safety Software to capture the suspect as he fled across state lines to Clay County, Minn...
Airbus DS Communications' VESTA 4 becomes first PBX/voice switch agnostic, IP based E9-1-1 system solution to be JITC-certified
VESTA 4, a 9-1-1 system made by Airbus DS Communications, achieved Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification in Q3 of 2014, making it the first IP based E9-1-1 system approved for use by the Department of Defense (DoD) that was built from the ground up to be NG9-1-1 compliant.
The Morgan County (AL) Emergency Management Communication District (MCEMCD) recently utilized the Aurora management information system (MIS) solution from emergency communications leader Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, to correctly identify the source of a series of prank 9-1-1 calls.
Once Upon A Time in the 9-1-1 Center....... An imaginary correspondence that we wish could be conveyed from, and back to, our callers.
In a time of unprecedented violence against police, public safety telecommunicators remain as the guardians of the gate when it comes to maintaining first responder safety. That means paying close attention to all callers, listening for warning signs, maintaining radio discipline, and utilizing their resources to the fullest.
Deaf residents and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed suit Thursday, Feb 11 in Arizona federal court seeking direct access to 9-1-1 services through text. The lawsuit seeks to make 9-1-1 services in Arizona accessible to individuals with a disability, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The lawsuit comes as few 9-1-1 centers around the country comply with federal law requiring them to be accessible to individuals with a disability.
The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) initiative seeks to significantly expand the capabilities of today's emergency 9-1-1 centers in order to optimize call-taker performance and enhance the center's overall incident response and resolution efforts. Primarily focused on a center's ability to handle text, data, images and video, there is another significant component to also consider - the use of audio-based intelligence in the mission-critical emergency services environment.
DISPATCH is a short film that was made to bring awareness and honor to all emergency dispatchers and what they do for our communities. 9-1-1 Magazine spoke with writer-director Caleb Hermann about his objectives in making the film, what it took from pre-production through shooting and post-production to get it done - and what it means to the 9-1-1 profession.
Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) around the country received encouraging news on December 1, as a bipartisan group of Representatives in the House passed an amendment aimed at improving the capabilities of the nation's 9-1-1 centers.
In the event of an emergency you count on 9-1-1 to be on the other side of the line, but the Brazos County, Texas, Emergency Communication District is warning residents about apps designed to dial 9-1-1.
As the decision-makers in emergency communications experience the progress of technology on a personal level, we can expect to see the next generation of 9-1-1 adopt the best elements of consumer technology...
There is so much focus on the move to Next Generation 9-1-1, particularly the addition of text-to-9-1-1 to our public safety tool kit. Much of the attention is around the technology and how to fit this new communication medium into workflows. Of course, all that must take place before a single text-to-9-1-1 message is answered but we shouldnít lose sight of the work that follows - the daily challenges calltakers will face to adapt their honed skills to the text-to-9-1-1 world.
Airbus DS Communications (formerly Cassidian Communications) has completed installation of the Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing system, VESTA 9-1-1 for the Cameron County Emergency Communication District (CCECD) of Texas.
Cassidian Communications Installs VESTA/Sentinel 4 Emergency Call Taking System for Eight Indiana Counties
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, has completed the installation of its VESTA/Sentinel 4 Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) call taking system for eight counties surrounding the Indianapolis, Ind. metropolitan area. The new IP-based system streamlines emergency and administrative communications for the 13 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) that serve the region, which is commonly referred to as the "Indy Donut."
Cassidian Communications Provides Gaston County, N.C., 9-1-1 Center with Emergency Call Processing Solution
Cassidian Communications has implemented its next generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Sentinel Patriot call processing solution within the Gaston County, N.C., Police Department 9-1-1 Communications Center via communications solutions integrator, Wireless Communications. The cost-effective and proven NG9-1-1 call processing solution, Sentinel Patriot , now supports Gaston County 9-1-1. No single point of failure and redundant servers ensure 9-1-1 calls are answered efficiently.
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, together with channel partner Verizon Business Solutions, has successfully upgraded the 9-1-1 call processing solution at the Newport News, Va., Police Department Communications Division. The upgraded Sentinel Patriot 9-1-1 call processing system is the first geo-diverse emergency call processing solution in the Tidewater Region.
Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, has been selected by Cecil County Department of Emergency Services to upgrade the Maryland County‚Äôs emergency call-taking system with the VESTA 9-1-1 solution. An existing Airbus DS Communications customer, Cecil County sought to upgrade its system to make the county Next Generation 9-1-1 ready and to boost its operational capabilities.
Clear-Com, a leader in real-time communication and connectivity solutions, is showcasing its new Clear-Com Dispatch and Clear-Com Gateway interoperability solutions, offering superior audio quality in a fully featured, cost effective platform that will change the way public safety communication is handled.
Society has fabricated dramatic misconceptions about the job of emergency dispatchers in an attempt to explain what it does not understand. These misconceptions range from comical to outrageously absurd... As a former 9-1-1 police communications operator, I remember answering calls and talking to people who wholeheartedly believed some of these misconceptions about the job I was doing to help them.
Your Dispatch Center may receive a call from a service called "Crisis Text Line" (CTL) requesting assistance on a suicidal subject or other such crisis. They are a national crisis intervention service based in Manhattan, NY; they are legitimately trying to help those in need via text messages... I can see this service complementing 9-1-1 much like Suicide Prevention Hotlines have done for decades
2016 was an eventful year for public safety, with the rise in civil disobedience, increased targeting of and violence against police officers, and the changing face of the terrorist threat. On the technology front cyber security, drones, digital surveillance, and body cams took turns in the spotlight. So whatís in store in 2017? Here are some predictions, some safe and others slightly riskier, for what weíll see next year.
When an extraordinary incident hits a community, the dispatch center is thrown into an exceptionally busy period of critical, peak activity. There is the potential for chaos to reign, or for conflicting orders from multiple supervisors to throw dispatch operations into disarray. Having a standardized method of managing extraordinary incidents in the dispatch center will maintain a smooth operation and maximize support to the field responders. A manner of incident command, modeled after the...
A rookie 9-1-1 dispatcher receives a bizarre phone call, plunging him into a horrific waiting game. Based on a true story, DISPATCH is a short film that was made to bring awareness and honor to all emergency dispatchers and what they do for our communities.
When Solano County (Northern CA) Sheriff‚Äôs dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a young boy reporting his father had fallen while hiking, the call didn‚Äôt last long enough to determine an accurate location. But trainee Breanna Martinez then came up with an idea - she searched on the father‚Äôs name in Google, came up with a LinkedIn page, which led to a Facebook page and an important clue.
Police in Denver (CO.) are investigating the handling of a 9-1-1 call from a road rage victim, during which a dispatcher told the man to return to the city for an officer to take a report, and which ended in the manís death.
Dispatchers for North Memorial Ambulance Services (MN) Find 24/7 Scheduling Access, via Aladtec, a Valuable Department Asset
It's not the first time lightning has struck here, but this time, when a powerful bolt hit a radio tower at the Stewart County (TN) Sheriff's Office on April 5th, it shut down the 9-1-1 dispatch center.
The "Anytown" Police Department took a page from the private sector and had taken advantage of having employees working from home. They realized that the role of the Public Safety Dispatcher has evolved from being just a job for a clerk to answer the phone and radio. Their roles are now that of highly skilled professionals who fill a unique niche that few can replace... But Pat and his fellow Anytown dispatchers had phones routed to their homes, along with all of the computer equipment...
In order to continue to gauge the effectiveness of the new "text-to-9-1-1" technology, the Durham Emergency Communications Center and Verizon Wireless are extending the trial period beyond the January 31st deadline to now end on April 30, 2012.
Over the years, I've met with many safety officers and other managers who think a lot about emergency preparedness at our schools, corporations and government institutions. ... most of these organizations are not using all the tools available to provide the highest level of safety in the event of an emergency. While their intent is right, many safety officers are simply not aware of technology solutions that exist today for multi-line telephone systems that can ensure the right help gets to...
Eaton's 93E UPS Offers Feature-Rich, Economical Power System for Today's Mission-Critical Data Centers
Even the smallest disturbance in utility power can terminate or prevent 9-1-1 calls from being completed. For call centers, a reliable uninterruptible power system is needed to effectively maintain uptime across these facilities. The 93E UPS from Eaton offers enhanced maintenance bypass options and external battery cabinets to ensure operation of critical IT systems. Call center operators can build upon the internal runtime capabilities of the 93E with a range of battery cabinets that offer...
Eaton's Latest IT Power Management Software Aligns with Latest Virtualization Platforms & Converged Infrastructure Solutions
Power management company Eaton has announced the launch of its Intelligent Power Manager software version 1.4, building on a five-year history of success in developing industry-leading power management solutions that are compatible with most virtualization platforms. Intelligent Power Manager software version 1.4 strengthens Eaton's collaboration with Cisco Unified Computing System server management, which allows information technology (IT) managers to set power consumption limits to each...
Two Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) from Ecuador have been rewarded with the Certificate of Quality Standard from EENA (the European Emergency Number Association). The PSAPs of Quito and Santo Domingo obtained the certificate after an extensive audit program, which evaluated their commitment to quality and their performance against specific quantitative and qualitative criteria.
Tuscaloosa County (AL) has selected Emergency CallWorks (ECW) to supply advanced 9-1-1 call management and call mapping. The new system, built to meet and exceed the latest Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 standards, will help improve emergency response, streamline and consolidate operations and lower the county's total cost of operation and technology. The new NG 9-1-1 call management solution will be deployed with the capability to service all of the existing Public Safety Answering Points...
Spok, Inc. has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Spok's enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) solution for a number of its facilities. The E9-1-1 software will enable the FAA‚Äôs emergency response teams to pinpoint a 9-1-1 caller‚Äôs exact location, notify appropriate onsite personnel, and maintain the safety of FAA employees and visitors.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously approved an order creating a do-not-call list for America's 9-1-1 centers. The action, approved on October 17th, prevents robocalls and unsolicited telemarketing from reaching 9-1-1 centers on administrative lines Ė a needless distraction that could prevent emergency calls from being answered in a timely manner.
A man who was tying up emergency lines with thousands of 911 hang-up calls got a surprise gift Wednesday from dispatchers who turned their frustration and anger into caring and support.
Think you're good at giving good driving directions, specifying street names, lane ends, and landmarks like the mountains east and west of the your community? The same ease probably wouldn't apply in places around Saskatoon, Canada... Just ask Ron Boechler, the police chief for Corman Park, a Rural Municipality (RM) located around Saskatoon. He'd have been lost without the guidance of MD Ambulance Dispatcher Kim Wruck. Without their teamwork, a young woman would not likely have survived the...
McMurdo Station is Antarctica's largest community. It is a complex logistics staging facility for scientific research teams stationed in Antarctica. The community contains more than 100 structures including a harbor, an outlying airport with landing strips on sea ice and shelf ice, and a helicopter pad. Providing public safety for this remote facility is a full time paid fire department - and four 9-1-1 dispatchers.
July 1, 1993: A brief radio encounter - tragic events that unfolded in a matter of minutes - changed the lives of two individuals forever, leaving one dead and the other with haunting memories, and leaving many more with unanswered questions due to.
On Sunday, January 10th, 1999, tragedy struck the city of Oakland, California (population almost 400,000 and located across the Bay from San Francisco) when it lost two of its best emergency workers in one day... Dispatchers who handled the incidents both affirmed that there is nothing a dispatcher can do to prepare for the emotional impact of losing a field unit. The pattern I've observed from these experiences appears to be common to these types of critical incidents. These incidents...
The challenge of a lifetime! Dispatching from McMurdo Fire Station, 35 miles from the foot of Mt. Erebus, an active volcano that rises 12,400 feet above sea level. Smoke and steam are seen spewing from its cone on a daily basis. The fire station is located on Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island. This assignment is for the strong willed, adventure-minded dispatcher, because you are not on a 100-degree tropical island, you are at the bottom of the earth in Antarctica.... This year, four of...
You are right in the middle of a multiagency mass casualty event when the phone rings. Is it a commander in the field with important information? Is it one of the mutual aid agencies you are coordinating? No. It is a reporter from a local newspaper with a thousand and one questions; just what you needed! This installment of From the Chair takes a look at the relationship between the dispatcher and the media. It discusses how an effective Public Information Officer is a buffer between...
You just sat down to begin your shift. The cluster of screens before you glow brightly, and the radio test revealed no problems. Before long, you will handle the fire on Broadway, the domestic violence on State Street, and the fender bender at the mall. And of course you will wonder if the hundreds, if not thousands, of people looking over your shoulder will approve of the way you're doing your job. The latest installment of "From the Chair" takes an irreverent look at the love-hate...
It is difficult to faze 9-1-1 dispatchers. But there is one phrase that strikes terror in them, "We're upgrading!" This installment of From the Chair asks the question, "Is introducing the latest and greatest technology really helping to do the job better?" To explore that question the article focuses on the CAD.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced ‚ÄėThe Kari‚Äôs Law Act of 2015‚Äô today in the U.S. House of Representatives. He released the following statement on this legislation which ensures that anyone who dials 9-1-1 will reach emergency personnel, even if the phone typically requires that user to dial ‚Äú9‚ÄĚ to get an outside line.
Version 13.0 of the Medical Priority Dispatch System‚ĄĘ (MPDS), scheduled for release in fall of 2015, represents the latest and greatest in a long line of Medical Protocol releases since making its inaugural appearance 36 years ago. "Version 13 captures the best pre-arrival care available to support and improve our proven standards of excellence in caller, bystander, and responder safety," said Jeff Clawson, M.D., inventor of the MPDS and principal author of the classic dispatch text...
The HBO parody news TV series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver brought its usual match-up of humorous asides with often comprehensive reporting to the state-of-the-art of 9-1-1 technology in Sunday‚Äôs night‚Äôs show (May 15). It's a well-rounded examination and not critical of 9-1-1 dispatchers; Oliver recognized the difficult jobs dispatchers have and the stress the job puts them under, while focusing primarily on technological and funding issues that are out of their control
With North Carolina's hot summer months quickly approaching, the Jones-Lenoir County Emergency Communications Center is gearing up for its busiest season of the year. But thanks to GTG's Vantage Points Dispatch software, the center's Emergency Dispatchers are more prepared than ever.
The City of Jonesboro, a thriving municipality of 70,000, home to Arkansas State University and major companies like NicePak and Nestle, was outgrowing its emergency dispatch capabilities as times and technologies changed. As Jeff Presley, E9-1-1 Director for the City and Craighead County describes, "We were using an analog paging system that was antiquated, trying to patch into the Stateís new digital 700/800MHz radio system. We needed to find something reliable, a secure pathway between our...
The Las Vegas Metro Police have stated that the technology that runs the county's 9-1-1 dispatch system needs to be replaced because it is too old to be properly maintained. Overhauling that system, however, could take more than two years, a prolonged process that Metro is telling the Clark County Commission leaves the valley susceptible to a "more serious, prolonged outage."
Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, has been selected by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to upgrade the city's emergency call taking system with the VESTA 9-1-1 solution, making the municipality Next Generation ready.
The Salem County Dept. of Emergency Services dispatch facility, located in Mannington Township, New Jersey, was struck by three successive lightning strikes Thursday, according to a report at NJ.com. Five dispatchers suffered from electrical shocks as a result.
Locution Systems, Inc., the provider of the Locution Systems Fire Station Alerting (FSA) System for fire and EMS departments, has been commissioned to provide its FSA system to the Rickenbacker Air National Guard (ANG) Base. The Rickenbacker ANG Base will implement Locution Systems' FSA System with enhanced Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) capabilities. This ARFF-enhanced version allows both dispatches and "crash phone" audio from Rickenbackerís control tower to be distributed with the...
What follows here are guidelines and examples we've culled from a number of agencies which we hope may help you develop a pre-plan for composing a suitable Last Call broadcast for your department or dispatch center, in the hopes that you will never have to use it. As we've found with most critical event SOPs, it‚Äôs better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Thus, having a plan for when and how to make a Last Call broadcast with guidelines as to verbiage, will serve...
Marshall County Sheriff, Marshall County EMS, and Lewisburg PD Adopt PowerPhone's Total Response CACH Solution
Marshall County 9-1-1, Tennessee, has deployed the PowerPhone Total Response CACH (Computer Aided Call Handling) solution because their commitment to their community is critical. This was an enormous effort by the three agencies who dedicated investing time and resources in making improvements so the Total Response solution would be significant to the call takers, on scene responders, and citizens of the community.
Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1 Center recently adopted the VESTA 9-1-1 system, the latest call handling solution from Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space. The Southern Virginia county is now next generation ready and better prepared than ever for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race the county hosts each year.
Matrox Graphics Inc. has unveiled its Matrox Avio Series, a new line of fiber optic KVM extenders for graphics intensive design and visualization applications within the government, military, and other markets. The KVM extender transmitter/receiver pair enables users to secure the host computer in a call or operations center's climate-controlled machine room by capturing the system's I/O functionality and extending it up to 1000 meters over a single fiber optic cable.
A life-saving, national safety service, Smart911 provides dispatch centers with greater information about a caller, beyond just a phone number. Citizens can create a free, private and secure Safety Profile for their household, which can include data about an individual, family, a residence and even pets. Details include medical conditions, disabilities and special needs.
Twelve Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) within the nine-county Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area regional 9-1-1 system that is supported by the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board have selected Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, to upgrade their technology to the latest VESTA 9-1-1 solution.
Yesterday marks the third anniversary of the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River that saved the lives of all 155 people on board the aircraft. The firefighters and officers who worked the night tour of January 14th and the day tour of January 15, 2009 were in for a busy 24 hours. The men and women of the Manhattan Communication Office were in for a busy day tour. However, they didn't realize how busy!
For this year's commentary on the what, the who, and why of National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week let me share a post from Amy Johnson, a former dispatcher discussing the week that her once co-workers recently had in Sevier County, Tennessee, and the kind of day she and her co-workers had recently. THIS is the what, the who, and the why.
An investigative news report by Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner and Felipe Escamilla posted online at NBCBay Area (see link below) has exposed a USPS policy that some say may have contributed to critical time delays in life and death situations.
NENA: Federal Committee's Action Disrespects 9-1-1 Telecommunicators and Holds Back Next-Generation 9-1-1 Improvements
On behalf of the thousands of 9-1-1 professionals serving the public in every community in America, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) is deeply disappointed that the federal government intends to continue classifying Public Safety Telecommunicators as "Office and Administrative Support" workers, rather than as the critical public safety professionals that they are.
The book is primarily a compilation of short stories told in snippets of dialog between caller and dispatcher, largely directed to those not in the business. The author‚Äôs intention is rather to share brief glimpses into the kind of strange and unusual calls stand out from bedrock of the routine and the intensely critical that provides the foundation for the 9-1-1 dispatcher‚Äôs workday
CrimePush has launched an innovative new crime-reporting and personal safety app for the iPhone and Android marketplace. With a few intuitive clicks, community members can now report crimes, medical emergencies, or other threatening situations to their local authorities at the push of a button. Because of the smartphone's unique capabilities this app can discretely send alerts that include detailed GPS coordinates, photos, text, and even video.
Enter ELSA (Enabling Language Services Anywhere). Created specifically to support hands-free access to OPI services, ELSA is a compact, body-worn device not much larger than a mobile phone that offers immediate access to OPI providers with the push of a single button.
Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of power protection and connectivity solutions, has introduced two new Cat6 Patch Panels with unique form factors. The addition of these models provides new durable, convenient, space-saving possibilities for cable management. Both of the new patch panels are TAA-compliant, meeting the requirements for GSA schedule purchases.
NENA announced on May 5th that Christopher Blake Carver has joined the NENA staff as the association‚Äôs new PSAP Operations Director. In his new role, Carver will oversee projects related to current, emerging, and prospective issues affecting 9-1-1 centers (PSAPs), with a strong focus on preparing these stakeholders for Next Generation 9-1-1 implementations.
If you are an emergency Dispatcher, we know you've heard some crazy calls and we want to hear about them! WORLD'S MOST RIDICULOUS 911 CALLS is a new TV show that dissects one of a million crazy, non-emergency 9-1-1 every week and asks the question everyone wants the answer to: WHAT were these callers thinking?!
NICE has announced its latest release of NICE Inform which includes new capabilities to help PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points) enhance NG9-1-1 readiness, quality assurance, efficiency and cost-savings. The industry-leading digital evidence management solution, NICE Inform captures, manages, and synchronizes multi-channel interactions between citizens, PSAPs and first responders, to provide a complete, accurate record of incidents.
A new study by researchers at Northern Illinois University suggests that the on-the-job, indirect exposure to trauma puts dispatchers at risk for developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "We found that dispatchers report significant emotional distress related to handling duty-related calls, and this type of distress is associated with increased risk for developing PTSD or PTSD symptoms," said NIU Psychology Professor Michelle Lilly, one of the authors of the study...
Alliance, Ohio, Police report that they arrested a 44-year-old woman for 9-1-1 misuse after she called 9-1-1 to report that the Chinese food she ordered at a restaurant was "not up to par for her liking.‚ÄĚ Listen to the call here....
Heart attacks, car accidents, or fire. Everyone knows that 9-1-1 serves as an emergency telephone number - a vital lifeline to serve the community during crisis situations. But some of the calls made to this emergency hotline are anything but! Life or death? How about a dating hotline OR A call for take-out Chinese? TLC's newest series, OUTRAGEOUS 911, features the actual audio from some of the most ridiculous - and real-life - calls ever received and weíre looking for stories.
The Ozaukee County (WI) Sheriffís Department flipped the switch to release the live Phoenix software suite to fulfill their public safety needs. Home to a population of 87,000 residents and 215 sworn officers, Ozaukee County is now utilizing Phoenix Computer Aided Dispatch, Law Enforcement Records Management, WDA Mobile, Citizen Services Program (CSP), and soon, Corrections Management Software.
Pacific Interpreters Celebrates 20 Years of Improving Language Access for 9-1-1 & Healthcare Call Centers
Pacific Interpreters, Inc., a leading provider of over-the-phone interpreting for healthcare, 9-1-1 emergency services, government services, and other call centers, celebrates 20 years of providing high-quality language access services to eliminate communication barriers and connect its customers with the individuals they serve.
Pacific Interpreters Partners with First Contact 9-1-1 to Improve Language Access for 9-1-1 Call Centers
Pacific Interpreters, Inc., a leading provider of over-the-phone interpreting for Healthcare, Government, and Business Markets, has announced a strategic partnership with First Contact 9-1-1, a well-known supplier of high quality education and training programs to public service agencies, to improve language access for 9-1-1 Call Centers.
South Sound 911 has reached an agreement with the City of Puyallup (WA) to transition 9-1-1 and dispatch employees from Puyallup's City Comm to South Sound 911, effective Jan. 3, 2016. The transition is significant in that it paves the way for the unification of 9-1-1 and dispatch services for 19 law enforcement agencies in the county.
AMC's hit TV series The Walking Dead can be quite a visceral experience for some viewers. This Great Falls (Montana) family apparently got so involved in last Sunday's drama with their excited or terrified screams that neighbors called 9-1-1 thinking something horrible was happening inside the house.
NICE has announced at this week's APCO Conference that it is integrating the NICE Inform solution with APCO 9-1-1 Adviser to streamline the process of reviewing and evaluating 9-1-1 telecommunicator interactions with the public. 9-1-1 Adviser is a criteria-based software application that uses APCO's nationally recognized protocol to guide call handling, prioritize the response level of a call and provide pre-arrival instructions to the caller.
PowerPhone, has published an Active Shooting Response (ASR) Bulletin for public safety agencies. The free bulletin may be used as agencies see fit in preparing and equipping their call takers and dispatchers with effective instructions to deal with an active shooting event.
PowerPhone has released a complimentary white paper entitled, The Role of the Call Handler in the Face of Ebola and Other Emerging and Deadly Infectious Diseases. This paper presents a fundamental summary of emerging infectious diseases and emergency response with a focus on empowering the call handler with information and understanding and, by so doing, protect responders.
PowerPhone, Inc., a leading provider of 9-1-1 call handling systems, has been awarded a "gold" Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize for their flagship Total Response system, which combines 9-1-1 dispatcher training, tools and accreditation.
Bernalillo County (NM) recently implemented a new 9-1-1 dispatch system that connects the county‚Äôs sheriff's deputies, firefighters, EMS responders, and emergency management team. The new system, PremierOne by Motorola Solutions, allows dispatchers to quickly address emergency calls but also provide detailed information about the location, scene, and background of persons involved for a faster, more efficient and safer outcome.
The Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) announced that several counties in Utah have taken the initiative to provide the first IP-capable 9-1-1 call delivery system in the state. Intrado and CenturyLink will offer an emergency service number (ESN)-based ESInet for all 9-1-1 wireline and wireless call handling and routing; IP-based Intrado VIPER call processing equipment; and a common database for call routing and mapping systems that display caller location. This new...
Rave Mobile Safety announced two innovative new features of the Rave Platform: Rave Command View gives 9-1-1 managers and dispatchers interactive, map-based views of critical information, such as 9-1-1 call patterns and critical facility data during active emergencies. Additionally, Rave 911 Analytics provides easy, anytime web-based access to historical call reporting and analytics.
A firefighter fell through an elevator shaft in the home and declared mayday. Because of the loud, stormy conditions on scene and the transmission which was described as 'faint,' dispatcher Jessica Graybill was the only one to hear the mayday and immediately went into action.
Clearly, a close and complementary partnership between technology, operations, and management both from within the 9-1-1 Center administrations, nationwide, and from without, by the federal, legislative, and vendor partners who mandate, drive funding to, design, and implement the changes needed to reach the next level of 9-1-1 services so urgently needed...
Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for some 435 deaths per year - and it is not uncommon for first responders to be victims of carbon monoxide. For dispatchers, there‚Äôs an important lesson to be learned. Arvada (CO) responders have portable carbon monoxide (CO) monitors hooked onto their carry-along kit bags, which sound an alarm alerting crew members to high levels of CO before they enter the hazardous environment.
Simultaneous auditory stimuli (e.g., radio and telephone transmissions) is a common occurrence within in the 9-1-1 communication center. Competition for the telecommunicator's attention and comprehension with receipt of two simultaneous verbal transmissions may result in critical information being missed or lost when switching between tasks. To better manage competing auditory activity, the telecommunicator needs a process to receive, analyze, and organize this activity in such a way that...
Stress is a very sensitive and very real subject for many 9-1-1 dispatchers. Coping with stress can happen on many different levels and we all deal with it a different way. When stress affects our personal health learning how to cope with it in a productive way can make all the difference.
Revolutionary Public Safety App Develops an ‚Äúun911 Solution‚ÄĚ for Public to Share their Safety and Security Concerns, Anonymously
Sci-Shot's innovative non-emergency public safety and security mobile App wins User confidence, as reported in sci-Shot's last market research efforts... The App, which serves as a convenient way for people to anonymously report non-emergency public safety and security concerns, can benefit a broad range of organizations, including, event management enterprises, shopping centers, apartment complexes, homeowners associations, indoor malls, and stadiums - virtually any venue where the public...
"Six-One-Charley-Five, respond on a domestic disturbance. Report of a male beating a woman with a..." *squelch* "...rabid ferret, last seen in caller's back yard, on top of a..."
Smart911Connect Provides Solution Providers and App Developers a Method for Delivering Data to 9-1-1
Rave Mobile Safety, creators of the national public safety database Smart911, has announced Smart911Connect, the first program connecting third parties holding data relevant to the emergency response process with supported 9-1-1 centers. Call takers and dispatchers within Smart911 connected public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the country can now automatically receive approved sources of data, including text and images, delivered to their workstation in real-time alongside a 9-1-1...
To ensure that police, fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County have their fingers on the pulse of the community, the SNOPAC 9-1-1 has deployed FirstWatch to monitor in real-time the roughly 1,500 calls they dispatch each day (more than 600,000 calls in 2013).
Solacom Guardian next generation 9-1-1 system will soon bring a new level of 9-1-1 service to Quebec‚Äôs fourth largest city. Solacom Technologies has been chosen by the City of Gatineau, Quebec, to supply, install and service a new 9-1-1 Guardian NG9-1-1 call-taking system to replace an end-of-life ECS-1000 system.
From November 2014 to January 2015, Stratus Technologies surveyed 421 PSAP employees, primarily in North America. The 20 question survey featured topics including call volume, staffing, next-generation 9-1-1 migration, use of virtualization technologies, system outages and more.
Stratus Technologies has launched its 4th Annual PSAP Survey. The purpose of the company's annual surveys it to compare participating Public Safety Answering Points with other PSAPs in terms of staffing, population served, 9-1-1 call volume, calls dispatched, technology, progress on NG9-1-1 and more.
Stratus Server Line Bolsters Downtime-fighting Technology with Intel Xeon E5 processor Speed, Power and Performance
With the increasing IT complexity, sophistication, and integration both within and outside of today's Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), uninterrupted 24/7 service is more challenging than ever before. In this battle to protect against the pains of IT system downtime and data loss, Stratus Technologies today launched an entirely new arsenal of server systems specifically engineered for superior high availability and operational simplicity.
This White Paper/ebook provides PSAP Managers with the information needed to assure the availability of mission-critical applications and minimize the possibility of disruptions caused by server, operating system, or application failure. It describes the advantages and disadvantages of dedicated servers, cluster technology, virtualization and more in easy- to-understand terms.
A story posted online by The New Haven Register on March 25th praised the efforts of Angela Watley, a veteran 9-1-1 Call Handler with twenty years of experience, who was successful in talking a suicidal caller out of taking his own life.
Current FCC regulations establish location accuracy requirements, but they are applied only to call originating outdoors. Nearly every 9-1-1 call center faces the problem of receiving calls from those who cannot tell the dispatcher their location... FindMe911, a coalition to ensure that 9-1-1 works in today's wireless age, has released new information from the perspective of 9-1-1 dispatchers and managers.
Are you curious to learn how your Public Safety Answering Point compares to other PSAPs in terms of staffing, population served, 9-1-1 call volume, calls dispatched, technology, progress on NG9-1-1 and more? Complete this short survey and you will receive the 2015 survey results. Estimated time to complete survey is about 7 minutes.
Beginning last April, the state of Vermont conducted a six-month trial to test the potential of 9-1-1 text messaging services... With the trial period having culminated on October 15th, 9-1-1 Magazine recently spoke with David Tucker about his views of the viability of test-to-9-1-1 services following the completion of the state's trial program.
I am an Emergency Dispatcher and I must do something which is very difficult for me to do. I am admitting that I have PTSD, depression and anxiety. I know that there are many others in the Emergency Dispatch community who are quietly struggling as well. Although we do not see the scenes that we send our officers, firefighters and medics to, we are not immune to the trauma. I would like to share some of what I have learned through my own experience, in walking through this darkness.
9-1-1 or may not be prepared for Text to 9-1-1! In honor of National 9-1-1 Education Month, which just ended, Professional Pride offers their Call Takers & Trainers searchable TEXTbook - get it? - for understanding text messages - FREE, for one week.
"The Customer is Always Right" has long been a cliche' used in the customer service industry, prompting businesses in the private sector to provide the highest quality of professional service to meet customer satisfaction. So how can we apply this principle to law enforcement without turning police agencies into a Nordstrom's?
Police and firefighters in Aurora, Colorado responded to an apartment building after a report was made of the smell of rotten eggs in the area. The building was evacuated, and responders entered an apartment whose bathroom had been taped shut with duct tape. Signs warned of hazardous materials inside. A young woman's body was soon removed from the residence. Welcome to the new and terrifying world of chemical suicide. As a 9-1-1 dispatcher, it's important for you to know that this threat...
I believe that we are going to see more change in the Communications Center in the next five to ten years than we have seen in the last 25... And now we are moving to Next Generation 9-1-1. I prefer to call it Next Generation Communications Center - because I believe NG9-1-1 has a lot more to do with the entire function and operation of the communications center than just 9-1-1.
Rave Mobile Safety, a trusted partner for public safety software, announced Michigan's statewide initiative to make Smart911 available to all residents. Following successful deployments in dozens of 9-1-1 centers across the state, Michigan will make Smart911 standard across the Great Lakes State.
Tiburon Launches 9-1-1 Call Handling with Intrado A9C integration to enhance Dispatcher/Call Taker Workflow
Tiburon, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group and a leading provider of public safety software solutions, has announced the launch of Tiburon 9-1-1 Call Handling with seamless integration to Intrado A9-1-1 Connect (A9C).
The first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system in the USA went into service on this date - Feburary 16th - in 1968, in Haleyville, Alabama.
"If a private equity firm decides to invest in an emergency services company, they also take on the responsibility to provide those services to the level our communities expect," said Torres. "Unfortunately, that doesnít always happen, and the consequences can be tragic. This is why I introduced legislation to make sure there is transparency and accountability when Wall Street firms decide to invest in these vital community services."
TriTech Software Systems and Medic, Mecklenburg County's Emergency Medical Service Agency, have partnered on important technology initiatives designed to improve emergency response. TriTech will provide its VisiNet Mobile data solution in Medic vehicles and install a VisiCAD Disaster Recovery solution for an off-site emergency backup dispatch center.
The Wayne County, New York, 9-1-1 Communications Center has selected an integrated suite of public safety software from Intergraph. Wayne County‚Äôs 9-1-1 center is the first agency to acquire the new Intergraph Express Implementation, an out-of-the-box solution for dispatch, records management, mobility and integration.
In a recent NBC news report, it was noted that the Albuquerque Dispatcher who hung up on the 9-1-1 caller because she swore at him has resigned. Chris Carver of National Emergency Number Association (NENA) stated that "hiring the right people can sometimes be more important than training." But perhaps the real question Mr. Carver should be asking, is: do people understand fully what they are signing up for?
Accompanying the increasing popularity of smartphones came the commensurate popularity of applications or "apps" that made them even smarter. Much of this programming is fun, helpful, or at least innocuous. But what happens when a variety of applications - some obviously designed without public safety input - promise to enhance your enhanced 9-1-1 experience?
Motorola conducted a survey on the latest trends that impact public safety agencies of all sizes. The results reveal that the use of data-driven communications such as social media, text-to-9-1-1, GPS, video, and cloud technology, are growing rapidly. But there‚Äôs still work to be done. Get the survey results here.
Wisconsin Police Dispatcher Uses New Text Message Service To Handle Emergency Hundreds Of Miles Away
In the early morning hours one day last weekend, Middleton (WI) Police Department dispatcher Sue Buechner received a text message from a teenager who was afraid that his mom was having a medical emergency... Upon exchanging several text messages to determine the location and get further details, the dispatcher quickly discovered that the person who was texting for help and the patient were actually in Manchester, Tennessee, almost 700 miles away from Middleton...
A Florida woman was jailed after she called 9-1-1 in Volusia County, Florida, four times after a fight with a nail salon over a bad manicure. Cynthia Colston told My Fox Orlando that she called after the nail technician became aggressive with her when she refused to pay as much as the store was charging for nails that she said were too short.
Locked out of her car earlier this month, a woman called 9-1-1 and claimed that an infant was trapped in the vehicle. But when a sheriff's deputy responded to a "priority one lockout" at the womanís Florida home at around 9 AM on October 6, he "saw no child" inside vehicles parked in the driveway.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions worldwide, has announced that implementations of its Acom integrated dispatch system utilizing the TIA Project 25 (P25) Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) have logged more than 5 million hours of successful operation at customer sites throughout North and South America and Australia.
Zetron‚Äôs Advanced Communications (AcomEVO) console system equipped with the P25 Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) has just completed successful testing with Harris‚Äôs P25 Phase-II infrastructure.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, is unveiling its new MAX Call-Taking system at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference and trade show in Minneapolis, MN, June 18-23, 2011. MAX Call-Taking is one of Zetronís MAX Solution family of products, which includes the recently released and well-received MAX Dispatch System.
Zetron‚Äôs new CAD/AVL application program interface (API) for its DCS-5020 Digital Console system allows end users to control call operations directly from the mapping resource instead of having to control them from the console. This simplifies operations and reduces response times.
Zetron's MAX Dispatch system is now fully operational on a tablet PC or laptop. This gives public-safety agencies and communication control centers the freedom to respond quickly and deliver remote, temporary, backup or mobile dispatching quickly, securely, and affordably.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions, announced that its MAX Dispatch system has just completed successful testing with the CVDS Com Log Logging Recorder. To achieve this high level of integration, CVDS adapted its logging recorder according to the MAX Dispatch interface specifications Zetron provided.