Six of seven Chittenden County, Vt., communities will consolidate emergency dispatch services after residents voted in support of a plan that is largely supported by dispatchers. Shelburne will retain its own 9-1-1 center instead of joining Chittenden County Public Safety Authority.
Spring Hill, Tenn., is looking into moving its emergency services under the management of Williamson County. If the city pursues the move, the county would create two new dispatcher positions dedicated to Spring Hill so callers would connect to a dispatcher that regularly receives calls from Spring Hill.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill to raise funds for the state to upgrade its emergency-response system by increasing monthly surcharges on phones. The law, which is expected to provide an additional $20 million annually, will be used to give dispatchers technology to receive text messages, video and other digital media.
An Iowa House-passed bill to exempt 9-1-1 calls about injured people from open-records laws has stalled in a Senate committee. Subcommittee members and interested groups have raised concerns about unresolved issues in the bill and law enforcement accountability.
Officials in Sonoma County, Calif., plan to adopt a mass cellphone alert system to warn residents about emergencies following criticism about how warnings were issued during recent wildfires. "We could have saved lives if we'd had a better system of alerts," said county board member Susan Gorin.
The Walk-Man humanoid robot can be used to perform tasks and extinguish fires during situations in which it could be too dangerous to send a human. It can send images of the situation to emergency responders to give them a more complete view and help them remotely control the robot.