Ill. county explores shared agreement for E-9-1-1 | Texas dispatcher recognized for helping motorcycle accident victim | New dispatcher helps dad deliver baby
February 15, 2017
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Ill. county explores shared agreement for E-9-1-1
Stark County, one of nine counties in Illinois without enhanced 9-1-1 service, is considering an intergovernmental agreement with Peoria County to operate an E-9-1-1 system. The state requires counties without E-9-1-1 to join with another county that has the capability.
Star Courier (Kewanee, Ill.) (2/10) 
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Texas dispatcher recognized for helping motorcycle accident victim
A Van Alstyne, Texas, dispatcher received the Life-Saving Award from the Texoma Council of Governments for her actions to help a trapped motorcycle rider after a collision with a truck. Dispatcher Ashley McSwain effectively managed the situation by sending an ambulance, police and helicopter to the scene.
KXII-TV (Ardmore, Okla.) (2/14) 
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Ill. state funds help Will County's emergency services
Overdue funding from the state of Illinois has enabled Will County to distribute grants for equipment purchases in nine dispatch centers and more than 50 police and fire departments. The dispatch centers will receive a total of $325,000.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/9) 
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Mont. stakeholder group objects to 9-1-1 fund transfer plan
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's plan to transfer $10 million from a 9-1-1 fund, collected through telephone surcharges, to the state's general fund is drawing criticism from local governments, law enforcement and 9-1-1 call centers. These stakeholders have been making plans to spend the money on enhancing the state's 9-1-1 system.
Billings Gazette (Mont.) (2/12) 
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Therapy program aids Orlando first responders with PTSD
Orlando, Fla., first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder linked to the Pulse nightclub shootings are getting help from the University of Central Florida RESTORES program. First created to help military veterans, the program uses exposure therapy to reduce fears and feelings of panic.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (2/10) 
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Wis. firefighters train with drones, thermal sensors
Middleton, Wis., firefighters are training to use drones, along with handheld thermal sensors, in search-and-rescue missions. Drones can help speed rescues because they fly low and have cameras that can focus on small details.
WMTV-TV (Madison, Wis.) (2/12) 
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