12-year-old given 911 Hero Award for “poised response during a frightening time” (CO)

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A 12-year-old boy was given the 9-1-1 Hero award Friday for his quick actions when a fight broke out between two dogs at his home on Jan. 9.

Andrew Gravil immediately called 9-1-1 after a dog severely bit his grandmother.

Dispatcher Mindy Belger was able to get clear, concise information from Gravil in order to start the Security Fire Department to his house. Gravil remained composed, answering questions and following all…

Public safety jobs to soon be considered first responder jobs (IN)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana House Bill 1198 is waiting approval from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

It already passed the Indiana House and the Indiana Senate.

It’s a bipartisan bill allowing more public safety jobs to be under the umbrella of first responders.

The Chief of Wabash Township Fire, Ed Ward, said this bill was a long time coming. 

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Carbon County 911 Center Answered Record Number of Calls in 2019 (PA)

Carbon County’s 911 Center has released its 2019 annual report.

The county’s dispatch center answered a record number of calls in the last year. Directors attribute the increase to more people and more activity in the county, which can in turn mean more emergencies.

“I think there’s a lot of development in the county, I think that brings a lot of tourists and then just the everyday stuff that goes on in the county on a normal basis,” said Gary Williams, Carbon County’s 911 director… READ MORE

Alameda briefs: Alameda Police Department accepting 911 emergency texts (CA)

Cell phone users within Alameda city limits now have the ability to send emergency text messages to the Alameda Police Department. Texting is an option when it is unsafe to use your voice to make a 911 call, if you’re unable to speak due to an emergency or for the hearing or speech-impaired. Always make a voice call if you can, and text only if you can’t. When contacting 911 in the event of an emergency, initiating a voice call is always … READ MORE

FirstNet bringing enhancements to New Hampshire ahead of schedule (NH)

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) is bringing enhancements to the FirstNet network in New Hampshire ahead of schedule.

AT&T and Gov. Chris Sununu recently hosted an event to celebrate.

FirstNet is a nationwide, wireless communications platform for first responders and the public safety community built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority.

More than $80 million has been invested in New Hampshire’s wireless and wired networks between …