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October 3, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • N.Y. county's plan to upgrade emergency radio system faces delays
    The $10 million plan of Essex County, N.Y., to update public-safety radios has hit delays related to construction permits and a standards deadline from the Federal Communications Commission that requires the county to purchase new radios and pagers. According to the FCC's radio standards, the county needs new radios and pagers that can be used with VHF low-band frequencies by Jan. 1. The project, which county officials hoped would be completed by spring, includes replacing a radio system from the 1950s with a digital communications network for the county's emergency medical services and fire and police departments and building a new radio tower. Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EMD service helps dispatchers deliver medical help
    Martinsville-Henry County, Va., dispatchers this week are to begin using a new Emergency Medical Dispatch protocol, asking 9-1-1 callers with a medical emergency a series of medically approved questions to help define the complaint and its urgency. A computer program then assigns a priority level for first responders, and dispatchers can offer guidance in the meantime for dealing with choking or administering CPR. "It basically allows dispatchers to become first responders by providing pre-arrival medical instructions," communications center director J.R. Powell said. Martinsville Bulletin (Va.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Pulse 
  • NTIA, FCC seek feedback on FirstNet plans
    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has called for comments on how it should structure FirstNet, and the Federal Communications Commission is asking for input on the design of spectrum incentive auctions that will be used to pay for the nationwide broadband network. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai questioned whether the proposed auction plan will raise enough money to cover the costs of setting up the network. Broadcasting & Cable (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. region ready to take lead in call center consolidation
    Cape Cod, Mass., public safety officials are ready to begin consolidating emergency dispatch centers, a move Barnstable deputy police chief Craig Tamash says will create a model for other areas and prevent the state from dictating plans. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s 9-1-1 Department wants to reduce the number of Public Safety Answering Points, which are expensive to operate, and create regional dispatch operations. The Enterprise Newspapers (Mass.) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation Insights 
  • Calif. firefighters test tool for accessing patient data quickly
    Firefighters in Marin County, Calif., are testing quick response code stickers, which are scanned by a mobile device to give first responders access to patients' medical information. Residents voluntarily create an online profile using Lifesquare that alerts paramedics to allergies and other medical data. The stickers can be placed in convenient spots such as wallets and bike helmets. (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New smartphone operates on public safety LTE systems
    Harris launched its InTouch RPC-200 smartphone that will operate on public safety Band 14 LTE systems, offering first responders an Android 4.1 operating system, push-to-talk capability, noise-cancellation technology and waterproof speakers. The small but rugged phone, expected to be available next summer, is expected to cost more than $1,000 but the price has not been set. Urgent Communications (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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