County’s 911 landline surcharge dollars disappearing (03/01/12)

From the Le Mars Daily Sentinel. As more and more people choose cellphones over landline telephones, Iowa counties’ E911 budgets are taking a financial hit. Plymouth County currently receives a $1 monthly surcharge on landline telephones to help maintain its E911 services — it does not receive any money for cellphone usage. “The amount of surcharge money the county is …

Why house numbers matter

“Until there is an emergency in your life, your physical address doesn’t matter.” That’s how Kelly Atchley, an employee of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District in Placer County, California, near Lake Tahoe, described people’s attitudes towards house numbers. In that area, mail is delivered to the Post Office. As a result, many people forget to maintain their house numbers. …

Saving America’s 911 system

From Men’s Health The dispatcher had said, “21-year-old male, trouble breathing.” But when paramedics Russ Bryant and Mike Haley arrive on the scene in North Philadelphia a few minutes later, the man is breathing just fine. “What’s going on?” Bryant asks him gently. “I tried to eat a whole stick of butter,” he says. “On a bet. For a thousand …

Poorly marked house numbers cause problems

From the Lake Cowichan Gazette It is a common problem across British Columbia and North America; emergency responders such as fire, police and EMS experience response delays to improper or poorly marked house numbers. Not all calls that the Lake Cowichan Fire Department respond to are fires so which address we are responding to may not be as obvious as …