October 18, 2019

PSAPs

Illinois Consolidation Hearing in October

Madison County Illinois Consolidation plan has been scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 21 in Springfield. The hearing, part of the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board Meeting, will cover Madison’s consolidation plan that was resubmitted in August. The original plan was approved July 2017 by the Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB), but numerous issues, […]

Santa Barbara Fire and Medical Dispatch Splits from Sheriff


Santa Barbara County supervisors voted on Tuesday to separate fire and medical dispatch operations from the Sheriff’s Office, capping a two-year effort by fire chiefs to run their own emergency communications center and highlighting the longstanding rift between the public safety entities. The vote also started the process of expanding the county’s existing Emergency Operations […]

Illinois 9-1-1

Illinois Consolidation Hearing in October

Madison County Illinois Consolidation plan has been scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 21 in Springfield. The hearing, part of the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board Meeting, will cover Madison’s consolidation plan that was resubmitted in August. The original plan was approved July 2017 by the Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB), but numerous issues, […]

Edmonson County Kentucky Implements Text-to-911

Edmonson County is now giving people the opportunity to text 9-1-1. It’s a program that has been live since June and they have been working out the kinks. Officials have discovered that older phones work better with the technology. The only major downside? GPS technology is still more accurate with calls to 9-1-1 rather than […]

Text-to-911 Implemented in Citrus County Florida

The new law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, requiring all Florida counties to implement Text-to-911 services by January 1st, 2022, will make it possible for  citizens not able to verbally communicate during an emergency to now seek help.  As of August 9, 2019, Citrus County Florida residents will be able to contact 9-1-1 via text […]

911 Funding Impacted by Typographical Error

Voters Approve 9-1-1 Funding Levy with Typo In May, the Columbia County 9-1-1 Communications District in St. Helens, Oregon put forth a tax levy for funding to their voters to approve an operations levy taxing property owners “.29 cents per $1,000” of assessed property value. Although the wording on the ballot had been proofed by […]

QComm911 Dispatchers Protest

Understaffing at the root of Illinois Dispatcher protest

9-1-1 Employees Protest to Bring Attention to PSAP Staffing Employees of the Illinois Quad Cities Communications Center, also known as QComm911, staged a protest outside of the Milan Municipal Building last Thursday. Along with their supporters and members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), their purpose was to bring attention […]

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 […]

Spectrum Lines Unable to Dial 9-1-1 in Pulaski

Just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, the Pulaski County 9-1-1 Center issued an alert that 9-1-1 emergency lines are down. 9-1-1 Director Aaron Ross indicated that Spectrum and cellular users couldn’t reach the center by dialing 9-1-1. However, the administrative line is working. Citizens in need of assistance are urged to call the […]

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