Prop. 2 would modernize 911 with $41 million (WA)

Prop. 2 would modernize 911 with $41 million (WA)

By Mike De Felice

Special to Bainbridge Island Review

It’s 2 a.m. and a police officer has pulled over a driver on an isolated rural road on suspicion of driving under the influence. The officer calls for back-up before approaching the vehicle, but emergency dispatch is unable to hear the call.

A fire crew is called to a house fire in a remote part of Kitsap County. Upon arrival, firefighters hear a person yelling from inside the burning building. The crew calls for another unit to respond, but the request is never heard…

Keep Your 911 Commitment

In your day-to-day work life, have you ever stopped to wonder why you continue to come in to work every day? Why the PSAP life? More specifically, why you are an emergency services telecommunicator?

Bills, boredom, family to support, or just getting out of the house? Could it also be service to others, comradery, working as a team or family, benefits, or the love of what you do? One of the primary reasons may be due to the commitment you have to your PSAP. Your PSAP is more than just the job: it is the people surrounding you, the policies that you adhere to, and hopefully the difference you make on a daily basis…

Letter: From deep stress to soaring morale, dispatchers thank supporters (MA)

Letter: From deep stress to soaring morale, dispatchers thank supporters (MA)

Please Support Local Advertisers

On September 20, 2021, the Ipswich Select Board voted unanimously to reject joining the North Shore Regional 911 center which would have closed our local 911 Communications Center.

We understand it is the job of the Town Manager and the select board to look at every avenue in the best interest of the town, and to do their due diligence to come to the best decision therein.

We thank the select board for giving everybody a voice and are extremely thankful that after weeks of fact finding, they decided to keep our local communications center open and operational.

BCLA privileged to honors emergency responders | Opinion (KS)

BCLA privileged to honors emergency responders | Opinion (KS)

To the Editor,

Did you know Brown County has 279 emergency responder positions filled? Did you know that in addition to community fire departments, police departments, dispatch, the sheriff’s department and our county wide ambulance service, we also have a mounted search and rescue team (which uses horses & riders to search off the beaten path during an emergency) and Squad 48 (which extract people from vehicle accidents & other emergencies requiring special equipment)?

The men and women doing these jobs are not doing it for fame and fortune. They are doing it because they feel called to serve and protect their community…to make it a better and safer place for themselves, their families and ALL of us…

9/11 NYPD Dispatcher to Newsmax: Need Unity, Compassion Again (NY)

Candace Baker, a New York Police dispatcher on Sept. 11, 2001 who spent the whole day taking missing persons calls, tells Newsmax that Americans need to return to the sense of unity and compassion that united them in the days following the terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 fellow Americans dead.

“I think that immediately after 9/11, you saw a lot more kindness,” Baker said Monday on “The Chris Salcedo Show.” “You saw a lot more camaraderie. You saw a lot more respect for law enforcement.”

But as time has passed, a lot of that has diminished, she lamented… READ MORE

Opinion: Dialing 911 for a mental health emergency will soon dispatch clinicians, not police (CA)

Opinion: Dialing 911 for a mental health emergency will soon dispatch clinicians, not police (CA)

Gloria is the mayor of San Diego and lives in Mission Hills. Fletcher is chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and lives in City Heights.

Not all emergencies are alike.

Police officers respond to crimes. Firefighters respond to fires. Paramedics respond to physical medical emergencies. But if you or a loved one were having a mental health emergency, dialing 911 would dispatch law enforcement, not trained mental health clinicians.

This is going to change in the city of San Diego and across San Diego County.

Starting this month, county-funded Mobile Crisis Response Teams composed of a mental health clinician, a case manager and a trained peer support specialist will be activated. Members of these teams are trained crisis interventionists. They arrive on-site, evaluate the condition of those in crisis, and link them to the best place to get the trauma-informed behavioral health and supportive services they need…