Proposed fire dispatch deal could save Sooke thousands of dollars (Canada)

Proposed fire dispatch deal could save Sooke thousands of dollars (Canada)

The City of Langford’s decision to strike out on its own for emergency fire dispatch services will likely put more cash in the pockets of Sooke taxpayers.

Langford has operated a joint fire dispatch service for nine years with Sooke, Highlands, Metchosin, Salt Spring Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Juan de Fuca electoral areas under the auspices of the Capital Regional District.

The recent move forced the other municipalities to find another service, and after the CRD looked around, it found only one likely partner – Saanich…

Atlanta airport reverses course, hiring Emergency Medical Dispatchers after 11Alive investigation (GA)

Atlanta airport reverses course, hiring Emergency Medical Dispatchers after 11Alive investigation (GA)

After insisting an EMD program would be ‘too challenging,’ airport officials are planning to train all 911 dispatchers to handle medical calls.

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now hiring Emergency Medical Dispatchers and EMD supervisors, after 11Alive’s investigative team, The Reveal, found the airport banned its 911 operators from giving CPR or other medical instructions over the phone.

The airport has not publicly announced the change, but a current job posting on the city’s hiring website lists a position for Airport Operations Center Emergency Medical (EMD) Supervisor…

Arlington auditor abandons study of sheriff’s-office overtime (VA)

On second thought . . . well, never mind.

The Arlington County government auditor, Chris Horton, has received permission to abandon an in-progress look at overtime costs at the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office.

The audit began prior to the pandemic, and with its arrival in March 2020, “I had to pivot into some other directions,” Horton told County Board members on June 15… READ MORE

FCC votes to prevent authorization of equipment deemed a risk

WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission, which plays an important role in protecting the security of America’s communications networks, today proposed rules that would prohibit all future authorizations for communications equipment deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to national security. In recent years, the Commission, Congress, and the Executive Branch have taken multiple actions to guard against potential threats to the supply chain of equipment and services within the United States, including ensuring that public funds are not used to undermine or pose a threat to national security.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry adopted today build on the Commission’s ongoing efforts to protect our nation’s communications networks. In addition to proposing to prohibit authorization of equipment that poses an unacceptable risk to national security, the NPRM seeks comment on possible changes to the competitive bidding rules for auctions to protect national security…

River Rouge police dispatcher says she was fired after racial harassment (MI)

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (FOX 2) – “I felt uncomfortable, I am already frightened to go to work,” Felicia Beard said. “I was already intimidated.”

Felicia Beard worked for the River Rouge Police Department for 17 years, but the 911 dispatcher says the racism, harassment and inappropriate behavior by officers eventually became unbearable.

“This officer would disrespect me, he would swear at me,” she said. “And it really got nasty, when he called me ‘Aunt Jemima’ that’s a very racial remark.”

Beard says she reported the many incidents to her director, but when nothing was done, she then began documenting how she was being treated… READ MORE

SOMA Wearable Tracks First Responders’ Location, Biometrics

SOMA Wearable Tracks First Responders’ Location, Biometrics

“The smartwatch will complement SOMA’s broader “Public Safety as a Service” cloud platform, which includes dispatch, emergency response, data interoperability, and jail management components.”

Law enforcement tech specialist SOMA Global has announced a new smartwatch for first responders.

SOMA Wearable Tracks First Responders' Location, Biometrics

Dubbed the “SOMA Safe”, the smartwatch is designed to enable law enforcement officers and other first responders to immediately communicate with their dispatchers and other personnel with one click on the device. It also features GPS technology, enabling authorities at a remote location to track the whereabouts of an officer in the field…