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October 10, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • N.J. county paves way for more centralized dispatch services
    Union County, N.J., has opened its newly expanded 9-1-1 dispatch center, which is big enough to accommodate additional dispatchers as nearby municipalities tap into the service as part of a consolidation plan. While the county is not seeking to make money with the venture, public safety director Andrew Moran says centralized operations have safety benefits and allow dispatchers to work together rather than be isolated. "This is the movement that communications centers are going to," Moran said. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. on-call firefighters come from all walks of life
    On-call firefighters in Michigan make a big commitment, with training and duty requirements, but their ranks include a wide range of volunteers from engineers and students to retirees and business owners. Fenton firefighters are required to respond to at least 30% of calls, and firefighter and pilot Dustin Lucius said if you love the job you make it work. (Michigan) (free registration) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Pulse 
  • Los Angeles readies changes to 9-1-1 dispatch rules for medical calls
    Los Angeles fire officials say policy changes will take effect soon to allow 9-1-1 dispatchers to deliver CPR instructions to callers faster and to ensure the closest first responders are sent on critical emergencies. The response comes after a report found CPR was initiated 31% of the time on cardiac arrest calls and often after the point at which the brain begins to die. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. county calls on state to address 9-1-1 funding
    Niagara County, N.Y., officials might tack on a fee to prepaid cellphone cards to help pay for 9-1-1 system improvements, a move they say would not be necessary if the state would distribute money it collects from an existing tax intended for that purpose. Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy said the governor is looking at programs where dedicated funding streams have been redirected to other purposes and may make changes. WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation Insights 
  • Mass. launches smartphone app for emergency notifications
    Massachusetts emergency response officials are urging people to download a free application for smartphones called Ping4alerts! that will notify them about safety hazards in their area such as hurricanes, floods and terrorist threats. The alerts will include voice messages, photos and maps. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PS-ALI is an E9-1-1 enhancement for business, not consumers
    Businesses need private switch-automatic location identification, known as PS-ALI, as an E9-1-1 enhancement but consumers do not, according to an industry expert. The service is not needed on individual cellphones but for businesses PS-ALI might be worth the investment because it gives the E9-1-1 system current and specific location information so dispatchers can quickly get emergency responders to the scene of the emergency within the business. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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