Will a cyberattack take down next-generation 911?

The upcoming generation of 911 technologies is exciting for a lot of people working in public safety today because it represents the first major upgrade in decades. 

The idea that people at the scene of an accident or a crime will be able to not only call for help, but send first responders images and videos of what’s happening, holds great promise for those who’ve been charged with keeping the public safe. But with any new technology comes new security risks, and those who are designing the new system are thinking about that, too.

One of those people is Brandon Abley, a technical issues director with the National Emergency Number Association who also sits on an NG911 working group convened by the Federal Communications Commission. In an interview with StateScoop, he explained why he expects next-generation 911, though more complex than today’s systems, to also be more secure… READ MORE

Pender County Commissioners approve architects for design phase of new jail, law enforcement center (NC)

BURGAW, N.C. (WECT) – Pender County Commissioners approved the Moseley Architectural P.C. contract for the new Pender County Law Enforcement Center in a unanimous vote at a meeting Monday evening.

Moseley will provide the full architectural and engineering design services for an approximately 95,000 square foot new 233-bed jail, Sheriff’s Office, and 911 communications center.

During the discussion, commissioner David Piepmeyer inquired about the time frame for the project and stressed the need for penalties if milestones were not reached in order for the project to be completed without running out of funds… READ MORE

Washington state agencies brace for staffing disaster following Inslee’s vaccine deadline

The deadline for most state government, health care and school workers in Washington to get their mandated coronavirus vaccination is Monday, October 18. Democrat Governor Jay Inslee issued the mandate in August and unlike other mandates across the country, provided no test-out option. His message was crystal clear, obey or lose your job.

This is despite the Washington state Department of Health reporting, as of October 11, that 77.6 percent of Washingtonians ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 71.4 percent of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated, well past the CDC’s parameters for herd immunity, even without factoring in the number of residents who already contracted the virus… READ MORE

Local job fair aims to recruit 911 dispatchers and other positions (MO)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Calling all job seekers, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment will hold a job fair to fill several positions.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., future applicants can head to the Wesley House Association at 4507 Lee Avenue for the hiring fair. Employers are looking to hire utility drivers, airport workers, refuse drivers and 911 dispatchers. Refuse workers will receive a $3,000 sign-on bonus.

Since August, city officials have discussed the struggle to fill dispatcher positions. In 2020 and into early 2021, 64% of calls were answered by dispatchers in the city within 10 seconds. A significant decline from 2018 numbers, when nearly 80% of calls were being answered within that same time span… READ MORE

VIPS host First Annual Law Enforcement and Telecommunications Banquet (WV)

BUCKHANNON — Officers from multiple departments and telecommunicators, along with city officials, joined to celebrate the First Annual Law Enforcement and Telecommunications Banquet hosted by the Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) on Saturday.

Local law enforcement agencies including Buckhannon Police Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Security Officers, and Upshur County 911 Telecommunications were all honored at the banquet. VIPS Coordinator Steve Wykoff and Jewel Fisher worked diligently with BPD Chief Matt Gregory to communicate the invite to each of the offices. Wykoff acted as the emcee for the event and provided the musical entertainment… READ MORE

The Benefits of Z-Axis Through FirstNet

By Jeff Bratcher, Chief Network and Technology Officer, First Responder Network Authority

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11. In the aftermath of that tragedy, the public safety community pushed for its own dedicated network to address some of the communications challenges responders faced on that day. The community called for a nationwide network, one it could rely on to communicate and share information with each other during emergencies as well as their day-to-day operations.