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July 16, 2014
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N.Y. town dispatch, volunteer firefighters showcased
Two fires in the Philipstown, N.Y., area have highlighted the effectiveness of the 9-1-1 system and coordination among volunteer fire companies. Trucks responded to one fire two minutes after being dispatched, with neighboring companies providing support. Philipstown.info (Cold Spring, N.Y.) (7/11)
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FCC: 90% of cellphone 9-1-1 calls in D.C. initially lack specific location data
The location of 90% of 9-1-1 calls made on cellphones in the Washington, D.C., area can't be identified by the 9-1-1 center, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission. Phone-service providers say the report doesn't take into account "rebids," or a refreshing of data designed to narrow down the caller's location. The Wire (7/11)
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N.C. law requires 9-1-1 call centers to have an alternate plan
A new North Carolina law requires 9-1-1 call centers in the state to have a backup plan in case their systems go down. By July 1, 2016, centers are required to have a plan to redirect calls in such instances. Right now, only 26 of the state's 127 centers have a backup plan in place. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (7/10)
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Ala. lawmakers mull move to implement emergency communications system
About 95% of first responders in Alabama would be able to communicate with each other if a statewide emergency communications system is implemented. Some counties already have implemented the Project 25 system, which allows dispatchers from different areas to communicate. If legislators approve the move, estimated to cost $160 million, the system could be up and running within two years. WSFA-TV (Montgomery, Ala.) (7/10)
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Ind. homeland security director lobbies for emergency use of unmanned aircraft
Unmanned aircraft can be a key resource for first responders during emergencies, according to John Hill, director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. So far, however, the Federal Aviation Administration has not established regulations for their domestic use. "We have to show the value that these devices bring to help us do our jobs better and not encroach on the privacy of individuals," Hill said. The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.) (7/10)
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Maine fire department gets vehicle for year-round rescues on water, land, ice
Poland Fire Rescue in Maine has received a vehicle that can conduct rescues all year on water, land and ice. The "AIR Responder," from WISE Technology, is similar to a snowmobile inside a boat hull, Douglas McIntire writes. The Poland Fire Rescue Benevolent Association purchased the equipment, and the Fire Rescue department worked with WISE to tweak the engine, hull design and hydraulic controls. Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (7/14)
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NENA announces Development Conference & NG9-1-1 Critical Issues Forum
During the focused, interactive working sessions of the NENA Development Conference (Oct. 5-8 | Orlando, Fla.), you will explore how to address the current and future needs of public safety professionals and drive the development of standards and best practices. This isn’t your typical conference where you just sit back and listen — it’s a venue for you to get personally involved and channel your energy and expertise to make a difference in the future of 9-1-1.

At the NG9-1-1: Are We There Yet? Critical Issues Forum (Oct. 8-9 | Orlando Fla.), you will separate fact from fiction. On the one hand, the early hype about the wonders — and terrors — of Next Generation 9-1-1 is giving way to practical, real-world deployments of ESINets, text-to-9-1-1 systems, and components of the i3 architecture. At the same time, though, newer and newer technologies are making their way into emergency communications: Big Data, the Cloud, and the Internet of Things, for example. During this fast-paced, informative day-and-a-half program, you will hear from leaders in the field and gain the insights you need to navigate through the challenges ahead.

Register online at www.nena.org/ndc-cif/register and learn more at www.nena.org/ndc and www.nena.org/cif.

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