Task force discusses Ill. dispatch consolidation | Iowa to roll out text-to-9-1-1 capabilities | Newport News, Va., launches program to curb unnecessary ambulance calls
October 17, 2017
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Task force discusses Ill. dispatch consolidation
The Lake County, Ill., 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Task Force is working toward a consolidation of area dispatch centers, starting with consolidating into nine facilities and later into two new facilities. The task force is using a "coalition of the willing" framework to start the process with areas that are on board with the plan.
Lake County News-Sun (Gurnee, Ill.) (10/15) 
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Iowa to roll out text-to-9-1-1 capabilities
About 90% of Iowa's 9-1-1 dispatch centers can now receive text messages. The remainder will be able to receive them by the end of the year.
WQAD-TV (Moline, Ill.) (10/10) 
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Policy Pulse
Financial sustainability of FirstNet not a given
FirstNet is meant to be self-funded, but a number of factors will determine if the network is financially sustainable, says Mark Goldstein, a director at the Government Accountability Office, told lawmakers recently. Goldstein said FirstNet is doing all it can do, but variables such as subscribers and competitors will affect funding.
The Hill (10/12) 
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Ind. opts-in to FirstNet, bringing state total to 50%
Indiana is the 25th state to opt in to FirstNet, marking 50% of US states, plus two territories. "This new communications network will help those on the front lines coordinate better and faster to serve and protect our citizens and communities," Gov. Eric Holcomb said.
Urgent Communications (10/11),  The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.) (free content) (10/12) 
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Innovation Insights
LIDAR technology can help drones check scene safety
Technology being developed at Northeastern University uses LIDAR to detect cracks and leaks in structures. Drones equipped with the technology can help assure first responders a building isn't going to collapse or pose a hidden danger before entering.
WFXT-TV (Dedham, Mass.) (10/11) 
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Futuristic technology under development for firefighting
Companies around the world are developing innovative tools to help firefighters stay safe, fight fires more easily and save more victims. New York City's FireCast 2.0 system can help firefighters access data on buildings, robots from EMI Controls keep firefighters out of harm's way, and engineering students have developed a tool that fights fire with sound waves, to name a few.
Engadget (10/13) 
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