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March 13, 2013
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  Making the Call 
  • Tenn. county improves 9-1-1 call response time
    Data show 9-1-1 dispatchers in Hamilton County, Tenn., were 25% faster at answering calls in 2012, compared with times from 2007. 9-1-1 Director John Stuermer said last year 96% of calls were answered in only one ring and just four calls took more than one minute to answer. (Tenn.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wash. county may charge for nonemergency 9-1-1 EMS calls
    Kittitas County in Washington is considering charging $250 for emergency medical service 9-1-1 calls that do not result in ambulance transport. Officials say they do not want to discourage people from using 9-1-1 in an emergency, but they do want to cut down on nonemergency calls, some linked to drug and alcohol use, because less than 50% of all calls to fire crews result in hospital transport. KIMA-TV (Yakima, Wash.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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PowerPhone Issues Active Shooting Response Bulletin
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  Policy Pulse 
  • FirstNet board considers broadband service rate structure
    FirstNet board members said public safety agencies subscribing to its broadband service should pay competitive monthly rates in line with those of commercial services. Board member Jeff Johnson did not commit to lower rates and said first responder agencies may be willing to pay a little more because the broadband network is being designed for them. "We know that our entry point into this market has got to be at or below what they're currently paying for service because there isn't a mandate that people buy the FirstNet services," Johnson said. Urgent Communications (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC official: Spectrum auction limits could shortchange FirstNet
    Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai said spectrum auctions might not raise enough money to pay for the build-out of the FirstNet interoperable broadband public safety network. His prepared testimony for a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on FCC oversight said limiting participants and pricing by broadcasters might lead to less participation in auctions and lower revenue. Broadcasting & Cable (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation Insights 
  • Firefighters train on how to handle propane fires
    With the possibility of a 1.4-million-gallon propane storage facility coming to Florence, Colo., the Colorado Propane Research and Education group spearheaded a propane-fire training to prepare first responders. "This is just part of the process of being educated with that, along with just the propane stuff in general," said Fire Chief Gary McWilliams. "It's essentially a way to train firefighters and other first responders about the properties of propane, and how to handle emergencies that might come up either in a residential setting, a business or a vehicle that is delivering propane," said Baron Glassgow, executive director of the Colorado Propane Gas Association. Daily Record (Canon City, Colo.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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