Paramedics call on patients before they need 9-1-1 | Dialing 9-1-1 triggers series of actions at Pa. call center | Landline-based 9-1-1 funding dwindles as more people use cellphones
 
August 26, 2015
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Paramedics call on patients before they need 9-1-1
Pilot programs in California send "community paramedics" to treat people with chronic illness or social problems to keep them from calling 9-1-1 in need of emergency care. Additionally, while state law requires 9-1-1 callers be taken to an emergency room, an initiative in Glendale and Santa Monica will let paramedics take people to urgent care clinics instead if they meet certain requirements. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/25)
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Dialing 9-1-1 triggers series of actions at Pa. call center
9-1-1 calls in Cumberland County, Pa., set off a series of actions, beginning with call-takers who gather information and then moving to dispatchers. High-risk situations that present a potential threat include constant contact between officers on the scene and dispatchers, a supervising officer and others. "The dispatcher will continuously run five-minute checks on the officer for their safety to make sure they are OK until they clear the incident," said Megan Silverstrim, communications specialist for Cumberland County. The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.) (8/25)
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Landline-based 9-1-1 funding dwindles as more people use cellphones
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Some parts of Kentucky are struggling to pay for 9-1-1 as traditional landline-based funding is dwindling and more people use only cellphones. This issue is a "consequence of the structural changes" in telecommunications over the past two decades, said NENA's Trey Forgety. In Kentucky, cellphone fees for 9-1-1 cover 20% of operating costs, even as cellphones are used for 80% of the calls to dispatch centers. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)/The Associated Press (8/20)
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Groups have mixed views on proposed FCC rule change
A South Dakota center that gives rape and domestic abuse victims cellphones that just call 9-1-1 objects to a Federal Communications Commission proposal to end a requirement that wireless carriers maintain 9-1-1 calling ability even if the phone owner is not paying for service. Wireless carriers now oppose ending it as well because of the cost of changing their networks. However, the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators points out that the rule causes significant problems with prank and hang-up calls. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model)/USA Today (8/18)
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FirstNet to build broadband network with security in mind
FirstNet will outline its cybersecurity strategy this fall, said the organization's president, T.J. Kennedy. The network may be targeted by hackers, but building defenses as it is designed will benefit FirstNet, he said. "We have the unique opportunity to build in cyber from the beginning, and we can build it with some new technology, which often is not the case [when dealing with legacy networks]," Kennedy said. Urgent Communications (8/21)
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