The price of just a few seconds lost: People die

From USA Today. When baggage handler Andrew Redyk, 64, collapsed on the job at Los Angeles International Airport, his co-workers leaped into action. One called for help. Another did CPR. The Los Angeles Fire Department sent a nearby fire engine and an ambulance, which arrived at the airport in six and seven minutes, respectively. Officially, their response time was quick …

Base emergency dispatcher key to life-saving effort

From Inside Sheppard AFB SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Working in the world of emergency response means there are very few “normal” days at the office. For Jason Dandurand, May 10 was anything but a routine day. Dandurand, an emergency dispatcher with the Sheppard Air Force Base Fire Department, was working his shift at approximately 6:39 p.m. when he received a …

Reflective Address Signs

Seconds count in emergencies.  Reflective address signs save time when emergency crews are responding to your house.  To aid safety personnel in finding your home, residents are encouraged to purchase a 911 House Numbering Sign, a reflective address sign made of green reflective metal background with large white reflective numbers. Read the entire story…

Phone tax will fund 911 system

From The Spokesman-Review Washington residents are likely to pay an extra 25 cents a month next year for every phone line they have, whether it’s a land line, a cell phone or an Internet-connected system. The House of Representatives passed an increase in phone taxes Friday to pay for enhanced 911 equipment for state and local agencies, following action taken …

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. …