February 20, 2020

Legislation

Georgia Recognizes Dispatchers as First Responders

On January 14, 2020, Georgia recognizes dispatchers in groundbreaking legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia House of Representatives passed House Resolution 885, which recognizes 911 and public safety telecommunicators as first responders in Georgia. The Resolution identifies the critical roles performed, the stressful situations experienced and specialized equipment utilized by emergency communications […]

California Recognizes Public Safety Dispatchers as First Responders

From the office of California Assemblymember Rudy Salas: Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined a group of public safety dispatchers from across the state for a press conference to celebrate Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which would recognize the brave work of public safety dispatchers by classifying them as first responders. Currently, the Federal government […]

911SAVES Act Advances to Senate

Reclassification Bill gets passed by U.S. House On July 12th, the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act of 2019, otherwise known as the 911SAVES Act was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act will help further efforts to reclassify 9-1-1 professionals as protective service class workers. The bill is actively being […]

Georgia Recognizes Dispatchers as First Responders

On January 14, 2020, Georgia recognizes dispatchers in groundbreaking legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia House of Representatives passed House Resolution 885, which recognizes 911 and public safety telecommunicators as first responders in Georgia. The Resolution identifies the critical roles performed, the stressful situations experienced and specialized equipment utilized by emergency communications […]

California Recognizes Public Safety Dispatchers as First Responders

From the office of California Assemblymember Rudy Salas: Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined a group of public safety dispatchers from across the state for a press conference to celebrate Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which would recognize the brave work of public safety dispatchers by classifying them as first responders. Currently, the Federal government […]

911SAVES Passes US House

911SAVES Act Advances to Senate

Reclassification Bill gets passed by U.S. House On July 12th, the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act of 2019, otherwise known as the 911SAVES Act was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act will help further efforts to reclassify 9-1-1 professionals as protective service class workers. The bill is actively being […]

CPR Certification Required by New Indiana Law

Indiana Passes House Bill 1342 On April 18, Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana signed into law a bill that will require 9-1-1 dispatchers to complete CPR certification training that will aid in administering CPR instruction over the phone to 9-1-1 callers. Some PSAPs in the state already include CPR training for telephone instruction for their […]

Texas Recognizes Emergency Services Dispatchers as First Responders

Governor Greg Abbott signs HB1090 into law On Monday June 10, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed House Bill 1090 into law. The bill, introduced by Texas House of Representative Cecil Bell, amends Texas’ Government Code by including “an emergency response operator or emergency services dispatcher who provides communication support services for an agency […]

Oregon Bill Allows Victims to Sue for Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Oregon passed House Bill 3216 which will allow victims to sue the 911 caller for up to $250 if the victim is able to prove the 9-1-1 call was racially motivated and that the caller intended to discriminate or harm the reputation of the victim. The bill comes nearly a year after Oregon state representative […]

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Outage Notifications Required Under California SB670

New Legislation to Require Outage Notifications The reliance on cellular phones for communications has progressively grown over the last 20 years. When 9-1-1 wireless technology was implemented, 9-1-1 call volume to PSAPs was relatively low. Now, wireless 9-1-1 calls account for approximately 87% of the PSAP’s total inbound calls. Society is a significantly more mobile […]

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