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.Philly.com (Philadelphia)
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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.)
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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
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)