N.J. legislator: Assess 9-1-1 fee diversion before considering hike | 5 tsunami sirens are inoperable of the 12 in Kodiak, Alaska | Hyundai concept car has firefighting potential
January 17, 2019
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N.J. legislator: Assess 9-1-1 fee diversion before considering hike
N.J. Assemblyman Herb Conaway, D-Burlington, sponsored legislation that would raise the 9-1-1 fee in the state by 9 cents per line to support next-generation 9-1-1 infrastructure statewide, but he says he is reconsidering. A Federal Communications Commission report says New Jersey was one of six states in 2017 that diverted 9-1-1 fee revenue away from county emergency services, noting only 25% was used for the intended purpose.
WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia) (1/14) 
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5 tsunami sirens are inoperable of the 12 in Kodiak, Alaska
Funding for a new fire station is the top item on an Kodiak, Alaska, City Council working list, and repair or replacement of the city's tsunami-warning sirens is second, since five of the 12 do not appear to be working. One figure considered to fund the sirens is $1.25 million.
The Associated Press (1/12) 
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Hyundai concept car has firefighting potential
Hyundai unveiled a concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show aimed at emergency responders and search and rescue teams. The vehicle, which is not planned for production, was made with extending legs that would allow it to navigate over rough terrain, potentially as an ambulance to transport patients or emergency responders from places traditional vehicles couldn't reach.
Wildfire Today (1/15) 
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Cybersecurity to Protect Hospitals
UChicago is livestreaming the talk "Cyberbiosecurity: Cybersecurity Protecting Hospitals and Research" on January 30. Tune in to our livestream to hear Argonne National Lab's cybersecurity lead discuss ways to protect hospitals and research facilities.
Policy Pulse
FCC chair rejects plea for emergency briefing on location data
A request by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., for an emergency briefing regarding the wireless industry's collection and distribution of third-party data was rejected by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who cited the government shutdown. Pallone, who wanted to have the meeting to discuss the dangers of location data in the wrong hands, said there is "nothing in the law" to stop the chairman from meeting to discuss the issue.
The Hill (1/14) 
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Pa. county approves study of dated emergency communications system
The Delaware County, Pa., council approved a request to fund an engineer's analysis of the county's emergency communications radio system, which is approximately 30 years old, including recommendations for replacement options. "This project will run a couple of years but the first step will really be seeing what is available and what price range we're looking at," said Delaware County Emergency Services Director Timothy Boyce.
Delaware County Daily Times (Primos, Pa.) (1/14) 
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Story County, Iowa, close to selecting a system vendor
Officials in Story County, Iowa, are expected to proceed with a public safety communications system upgrade to be known as Storycomm, contingent on approval by the secretary of state. The new system, which will update land mobile radio equipment, improve service reception and make emergency communications more effective, will involve a cooperative agreement between the city of Ames, the Story County Board of Supervisors and Iowa State University.
The Ames Tribune (Iowa) (1/11) 
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