Update given on county, city working to combine dispatch centers (NE)

MADISON — A goal that officials described as in the works for about 40 years appears ready to be completed later this year.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Madison County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Todd Volk and Norfolk Police Chief Don Miller provided updates on the new communications system and the merger of dispatch services between the two entities.

Both law enforcement leaders said that while there are a lot of moving parts, a new communications center to serve both the city and county from Norfolk is targeted to open Oct. 1… READ MORE

Hays County Opens Bond-Funded Public Safety Facilities (TX)

It has been more than three decades since Hays County opened its current sheriff’s office and jail.  In 1989, the population of Hays County was around 65,400.  Since then, Hays County has become one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, and in 2019, the population was over 230,000.  It’s because of that growth that the county began eyeing an expansion of its public safety facilities, and as of this week the county has announced that they are officially in operation.

In November of 2016, Hays County voters passed a $106.4 million bond package for public safety facilities, including an expansion and renovation of the decades-old jail and the construction of buildings for emergency communications, law enforcement, and fleet maintenance…

Northampton citizens urged to sign up for Code Red (VA)

JACKSON – Northampton County has been using the “Code Red” system for a decade now, but less than half of the people in the county are signed up to receive general and emergency alerts.

That was the update provided by Northampton County E911 Director Tammie Piland at the Board of Commissioners meeting held here on Jan. 20.

Piland shared current enrollment statistics to show that they could be reaching more people with vital information… READ MORE

N4T Investigators: 9-1-1 Please Hold – UPDATE (AZ)

TUCSON (KVOA) – There has been a major shake-up inside Tucson’s 9-1-1 dispatch center after a scathing report about its working conditions was released last year.

It was back in 2017 when the News 4 Tucson Investigators broke the story about dangerously-long wait times for 9-1-1 callers. By the end of 2018 – Tucson Police and Fire had combined their dispatch centers.

Turns out, it appears the merger has created a crisis…

Colorado City Marshal’s Office rolls out text-to-911 program as a vital boost to public safety (UT)

ST. GEORGE — The Colorado City Marshal’s Office recently rolled out leading edge technology that will allow residents to communicate with emergency dispatch by text, which officials say is a vital component in the department’s continuing efforts to enhance public safety for residents and anyone visiting the valley nestled along the Utah-Arizona border.

The text-to-911 service allows those in an emergency situation to communicate with the department’s 911 center through texting. The message is sent to a control center, which forwards the text to emergency dispatch using an internet-based application…

FirstNet Powers the Future of Emergency Management

FirstNet Powers the Future of Emergency Management

By Kyle S. Richardson, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

Emergency management thrives on good communication, and good communication is based on good information—pertinent, timely information. As a senior public safety advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), I work with emergency managers and other officials to understand their current public safety communications, and what they need and want in the future.

One big thing I hear is that, with advances in broadband technologies, emergency managers now have access to more and better information than ever before. FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, is a key to accessing these new data sources at the right time and the right place. READ FULL ARTICLE