First responders honored at Iredell County EMS Awards Banquet (NC)

Dozens of emergency responders were recognized for outstanding service to their community at the 2021 Iredell County EMS Awards Banquet at the Statesville Civic Center on Wednesday evening.

The banquet is held each year to honor Emergency Medical Services employees, as well as first responders and telecommunicators for excellence in pre-hospital care, education and other special achievements.

EMS Director Blair Richey explained that in the field they work closely with police, firefighters, rescue squad and telecommunicators and said it’s truly a group effort… READ MORE

T-Mobile Reaches $19.5M FCC Settlement for 9-1-1 Outage

T-Mobile  (TMUS) – Get T-Mobile US, Inc. Report agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission complaint over a 12-hour nationwide outage that resulted in thousands of failed 911 calls.

The company must also put a compliance plan in place that contains new commitments by T-Mobile to improve the 911 outage notices given to call centers, or public safety answering points, the FCC said in a consent decree.

This includes providing call centers with information about the outages and follow-up notices within two hours of the initial outage notifications… READ MORE

Work in Progress: Replacing 9-1-1 Communication tower equipment (OR)

A long-term process to replace the Columbia 9-1-1 Communication District’s 20-year old aging radio system is slowly proceeding. The system utilizes 12 land towers anchored in various points across Columbia County and two towers in Washington state. But over the years, the ability of the system to effectively support emergency communications between law enforcement, fire and ambulance first responders continues to deteriorate… READ MORE

APD’s 911 communications remain operational despite second incident in 2 weeks (GA)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Police Department’s E911 Communications Center suffered a power outage on Monday. While operations were uninterrupted throughout the outage, this is the second incident to occur at the center within just as many weeks.

Commanders moved operations to Fulton County’s center when the power outage struck the E911 Communications Center on Tuesday afternoon, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement… READ MORE 

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, first responders receive grant for new communications tower (AL)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) – After five decades, an outdated communications tower at the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office will soon be replaced thanks to half a million dollars in grant funding.

During emergencies, first responders and law enforcement are the first ones to respond and it all comes through a tower, which was aging and unreliable.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden told 48 News, it’s been a challenge at times.

“There have been times where parts of the system have gone down in the middle of the night, and we are only able to use a certain tower in the county, which will limit the capability of the town on different ends,” said Sheriff Welden… READ MORE