Yesterday evening the Clifford Village Council unanimously approved the construction of a fire/EMS paging tower on Village property and advised that construction could begin immediately.
However, we still need to wait on several federal environmental studies to conclude in the next couple of weeks as well as FCC license modifications.
Motorola will begin ordering the steel and associated equipment for the site and electronics which shouldn’t take too long to come in.
This paging tower will bring much needed coverage to the northernmost portions of the county. We will have the antenna’s pointing in a directional pattern toward the south to cover Clifford, Burlington Township and parts of Rich and North Branch Township’s.
By increasing the coverage footprint in these area’s, the fire departments, medical first responders and Lapeer County EMS ambulances will better be able to receive their calls for service from dispatch. In turn they will be able to get a better response in terms of personnel and timeliness.
This week—April 14-20, 2013—is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is designated as a time when citizens can thank public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Americans can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies.
Lapeer County Central Dispatch Promoting 9-1-1 Awareness and Education in April
Lapeer, MI – April is National 9-1-1 Education Month, and the National 9-1-1 Education
Coalition (the Coalition) is encouraging public safety officials, schools, government officials, and industry leaders to engage in this national effort to educate the general public about the importance and appropriate use of 9-1-1 services. To support this endeavor, the Coalition has launched the 9-1-1: The Number to Know awareness campaign to allow these entities to speak together with one voice while supporting specific 9-1-1 messages being promoted in the local community.
This month-long campaign is designed to help citizens of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and their role when calling 9-1-1.
Many groups, including the United States Congress and members of the Coalition, also recognize April as National 9-1-1 Education month and encourage the media, the 9-1-1 community, the wireless industry, and public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities this month. The Coalition has created a variety of resources for 9-1-1 professionals, public educators, and citizens on its 9-1-1: The Number to Know website, www.know911.org.
The National 9-1-1 Education Coalition is a volunteer group of public safety, education and industry stakeholders, formed to support the nationwide coordinated promotion of National 9-1-1 Education Month and National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Members of the Coalition are represented by the following organizations: E9-1-1 Institute, 9-1-1 for Kids®, 911 Industry Alliance, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), CTIA—The Wireless Association®, National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED), National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA), and National Emergency Number Association (NENA). For more information about the Coalition, visit www.ng911institute.org.
The following guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the unlikely event that an Active Shooter Incident should occur on campus.
If you are outside a building when an event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside a building, circumstances permitting:
If you are in a building when an event occurs, you should:
If possible without compromising your safety, leave the building and call 911.
If the location of an Active Shooter does not permit you to leave, secure immediate area:
Lock and barricade doors
Do not stand by doors or windows
Turn off lights
Turn off radios and computer monitors
Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. concrete walls, filing cabinets‐cover may protect you from bullets)
Silence cell phones
Un‐Securing an area:
Consider risks before un‐securing rooms
Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force
Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.
Consider the safety of masses‐vs‐the safety of a few
If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured
Know all alternate exits in your building
Program the alternate Public Safety number (810‐667‐0292) into your cell phone
Even if phone lines are overwhelmed and your call does not go through, recall.
What to Report:
Your specific location – building name and office/room number
Number of people at your specific location
Injuries‐number injured, types of injuries
Assailant(s) location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or handgun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc
Comply with police officer instructions
Objective is to engage assailant(s) immediately
Evacuate victims/Medical care
Facilitate follow up
Information from Rutgers Division of Public Safety
Many roads in Lapeer County today are flooded and/or icy. Please take extra caution when traveling today. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.
Q: What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation?
Follow these safety rules:
Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown
Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown™
Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Site acquisition is still ongoing in some areas and near completion in others. We hope to finish getting all the sites secured in the next few months.
We do have something that can actually been seen as work being done, physically speaking. The expansion of the radio equipment room in the basement of the dispatch center is just about complete. You can see photos of it here. All that is left to do is clean and seal the concrete floor and then new equipment can start coming in.
We have started paying part of the system costs to Motorola and microDATA with the money received from the bonds. $3,896,664.90 has been paid to Motorola and $147,821.47 went to microDATA. microDATA is the company we are getting our NG9-1-1 telephone system from.
The site acquisition is still ongoing and lease agreements and technical details of each site have been sent to the various places where sites are going in. Approvals for all of them are expected to come along in the next couple of months.
The Lapeer County Road Commission will be assisting us with the land development needed at the Burnside site. They’ll be able to do the work at a fraction of the cost that a hired contractor would charge.
We have a number of change orders already in the project and they currently amount to a savings of about $56K. Plus we found that we can reuse some parts of the current system in the new one thus saving another estimated $60K. These parts are called TRAK 9100’s and work to synchronize the tower sites together. These are fairly new as we had to replace an older component just a few years ago with them.
It is looking like we will light up the voice and paging systems with 7 sites initially and then bring on the remaining two paging sites shortly thereafter. This is due to the reuse of existing shelters and other things from the current system. Once the new system is online and the old one offline, we can start moving things around for the last two sites. This won’t occur until late in 2012 as it looks right now. We will go from 3 voice/paging sites to 7 voice/paging sites then finally, 7 voice and 9 paging sites when completed.
Renovation of the dispatch room is slated for this fall and the flooring we chose is not only from an American company, but a Michigan-based company out of Grand Rapids. We feel good about this choice in that we will be putting $17,500 back into the Michigan economy.