Michigan's Kalamazoo County Consolidated Dispatch Authority has agreed on a funding model for its operations after voters rejected a 450% surcharge increase in May. The five-year funding plan involves each of the five consolidating entities paying based on population and existing general fund expenditures.
Marion, Iowa, Police Chief Joseph McHale is pushing to consolidate Marion's, Cedar Rapids' and Linn County's 9-1-1 dispatch operations, and the county's 9-1-1 board approved a feasibility study for the proposal. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner does not support consolidation, saying it wouldn't be cost effective and would require a new facility.
Arizona and Kansas have opted in to the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network deployment plans, making a total of 13 states plus the US Virgin Islands that have opted in. Arizona was the second state after Michigan to opt in after issuing a request for proposals from vendors that would build an alternative network.
Emergency dispatchers and other public-safety answering point personnel will receive priority access to FirstNet immediately and pre-emptive access by the end of the year. These users' access is in addition to that of fire departments, EMS workers and law-enforcement personnel, who were already slated to be considered primary public-safety users.
Missouri's Monett-Lawrence County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center has upgraded its technology to allow people to reach an emergency dispatcher via text. The center's 9-1-1 director, Bonnie Witt-Schulte, said the system has already saved someone's life.
A technology dubbed Rapid SOS will help Denver first responders locate cellphone callers, particularly in areas with poor service. The technology allows them to narrow down the location to roughly 35 feet from the phone.