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Glenn Heights Police officer saves local Jack in the Box from burning car in drive-thru

Officer Chris Womack of the Glenn Heights (TX) Police Deparrtment was first on scene and, after sizing up the incident, maneuvered into the drive-thru lane and pushed the burning car (which appeared to have its parking brakes on) out of the drive-thru lane and a safe distance away from the building.. Read more...

 

 

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Remember the Meme!

by Barry Furey
"It’s our jobs collectively to question. We can’t blindly accept that the picture provided us is accurate, or that the two lines of text received are even close to being correct. These will take on even greater implications in the Next Gen 9-1-1 world of tomorrow. But right now they simply apply to getting all the information needed to come to the truth..." [continue reading]

 

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The United States is experiencing a dispatch technology, computer-aided dispatch, and Next Generation 9-1-1 crisis. Be assured, that isn't merely our opinion. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reported that to Congress earlier this year. According to Wheeler, "Public safety, as embodied by 9-1-1, is dangerously close to a crisis as the digital world passes it by—21st Century lifesaving is being blocked by 20th Century technology...”  [continue reading]

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Operational Interoperability

This article was written in the far younger age of 2006 and published in our April issue of that year, as we approached the fifth anniversary of public safety’s darkest day. The term "operational interoperability" is one I have favored for many years, as it evokes more than just technological innovation, as I explain below. Another ten-and-a-half years have passed, and we’re still struggling with technological and operational concerns when it comes to different entities being able to communicate during large incidents.    [Read more]

 

 

 

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