911 computer upgrade will improve protection

By AUTUMN HUGHES


Posted 3/1/18

Law enforcement, fire, rescue and emergency medical services personnel in Bradley County will soon have an extra layer of protection when they are working in sometimes dangerous circumstances.

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911 computer upgrade will improve protection

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Law enforcement, fire, rescue and emergency medical services personnel in Bradley County will soon have an extra layer of protection when they are working in sometimes dangerous circumstances.

According to Troy Spence, director of the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, the Bradley County Emergency Communications District’s computer software has been updated and the “man down” button is now working.

Spence shared that information with the 911 board of directors on Wednesday as an update from the 911 center’s Facilities and Equipment Committee.

Jerry Johnson, operations officer for the emergency management agency, offered a video demonstration of the system in use, including triggering a special siren inside the center that notifies dispatchers of the “man down” situation.

Spence said each radio is coded so dispatchers immediately know which officer pushed the “man down” button. Johnson said the programming of radios is planned to start in March, with an anticipated finish date in mid-April.

Johnson said there are approximately 700 portable emergency communications radios in use in Bradley County, covering a variety of agencies. He said there are also non-portable radios that will need to be programmed.

Spence said the 911 center has been working on making the “man down” system a reality for about a year-and-a-half. He thanked Johnson and all the other personnel who have worked on the initiative, which he said has been a top request from local first responders.

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