UPDATED: EOC on its way (OK)

Norman will have a new Emergency Operations Center after a close vote by the City Council approved the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the project.

After a 5-3 vote, the proposed facility will see $9.5 million of ARPA funds to cover a shortfall in the $15 million project that has been “kicked down the road,” some said Tuesday night. Ward 7 Stephen Holman was absent.

Ward 1 Brandi Studley, Ward 2 Lauren Schueler and Ward 4 Lee Hall voted no. All three said they supported the project, but raised concerns about timing and the use of ARPA funds for it…

Communications Officer ( 9-1-1 / Dispatcher ) in Wenatchee, WA

The Washington State Patrol is currently seeking 911 dispatchers (Communications Officer) for our Wenatchee office. 911 dispatchers are the vital link between calls for assistance and the emergency responders. Communications Officers answer emergency/911 and non-emergency calls from the public, enter calls for service into a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system, as well as provide dispatch services to the State Patrol and 18 other contracted state and federal agencies.

The current salary for dispatchers starts at $4,047 – $5,295 per month. We offer an excellent benefit package including paid holidays, paid leave, health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement, and an optional deferred compensation program…

Israel National Fire and Rescue Authority launches new dispatch system, designed by MDA

Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Authority has launched its new cutting-edge dispatch system—one that will provide the fire service with enhanced capabilities and put it on the same computer platform as Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency medical service.

The system, designed for the Fire Authority by MDA, provides an array of new capabilities. It enables dispatchers to locate cell-phone callers instantly; shows the locations of all fire-rescue, EMS and law-enforcement vehicles in real time on the dispatchers’ screens; and simultaneously alerts emergency medical services about relevant incidents so they can instantly send EMTs and paramedics to the scene.

Conversely, the National Fire and Rescue Authority will now also get instant alerts about medical emergencies relevant to their work, including car accidents, fires, terror attacks and other disasters…

Due to technical issue, fire chief was not dispatched to blaze where 3 died, officials say (NJ)

The on-duty fire chief that was supposed to have been dispatched to a house fire on Woodlawn Avenue in Hamilton earlier this month, where three people died, was not alerted by the Mercer County dispatch center, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Officials described the issue as a technical snafu by the county’s dispatch center, not an intentional act. It has already been remedied and did not cause any disruption or delay of firefighting at the scene, the Hamilton Fire Department and the town’s mayor said.

The Hamilton Fire Department is a new entity that started service on Jan. 1, 2021 after a five-year effort to consolidate the town’s eight autonomous fire districts, which each had their own portion of the 87,000-resident township…