Pa. county to get silent dispatch system for nonemergency calls | Pa. 9-1-1 dispatchers part of robbery-prevention program | Va. county's first responders train with military forces
June 24, 2015
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Pa. county to get silent dispatch system for nonemergency calls
Cumberland County, Pa., will install a silent dispatch system to allow dispatchers and first responders to communicate about nonemergency situations using computers and mobile devices instead of radios. Officials said the system will streamline the process, free up radio air time and allow dispatchers to focus on emergency calls. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (6/22)
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Pa. 9-1-1 dispatchers part of robbery-prevention program
Philadelphia 9-1-1 dispatchers are encouraging calls from seniors who answer their door to find a person who claims to be a utility worker but does not have proper identification. The goal of the new program, "Be Sure Before You Open the Door," is to prevent robberies by people who impersonate utility workers to enter a home. If dispatchers cannot confirm the legitimacy of the worker, they will send a patrol car. (Philadelphia) (6/17)
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Texas law expands first responder death benefits for spouses
A new Texas law will provide lifetime death benefits for spouses of first responders killed on the job, even after they remarry. The law will apply to deaths that occur on or after Sept. 1. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (6/22)
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Funding for NG9-1-1 plan in Ill. tied to new phone surcharge
The Galesburg/Knox County Emergency Telephone Systems Board in Illinois plans to use a new quarter-percent sales tax, along with an updated phone surcharge, to help pay for a next-generation 9-1-1 system. A bill allowing the surcharge is awaiting the governor's signature. It would also provide nine counties with 9-1-1 services and consolidate service in populated areas. The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.) (6/18)
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Defense Department contracts for development of hoverbike
The U.S. Defense Department is contracting for development of a hoverbike that could be used by first responders and in military operations. Malloy Aeronautics and SURVICE will jointly develop the hoverbike in Maryland. The bike is inexpensive and small, which could make it useful for search-and-rescue operations, work in confined spaces and other emergency services. Reuters (6/22)
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Ore. uses technology toolbox to fight wildfires
The Oregon Department of Forestry uses NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer satellite to show where wildfires are burning and where they are hottest. Other technologies used by the department include software from the Bureau of Land Management to track fires sparked by lightning, pivoting cameras installed on local mountain peaks and handheld infrared sensors to detect heat signatures. Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (6/19)
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