New York City emergency medical services technicians say radio reception is hit or miss when they respond to 911 calls in the subway system. Tests of EMS radios during the past year show they work about 70% of the time at 278 underground subway stations, Fire Department officials say.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler writes that the technology operating the US 9-1-1 system is "dangerously out of date" as call centers that handle some 240 million calls each year cannot accommodate widely used cellphone capabilities such as text, photo and video. He writes that 9-1-1 call centers must upgrade to next-generation 9-1-1 technology, and Congress must provide state and local authorities with funding to help in the transition.
Early cellphone location tracking technology, still widely used today, is targeted at people who are outside rather than in a building, said NENA CEO Brian Fontes. Wireless providers have several years before they have to comply with Federal Communications Commission rules on precisely identifying the location of 9-1-1 calls made from cellphones, and in the interim states and companies are finding other ways to locate cellphone users. "There’s been a lot of advances in technology, but it hasn't advanced to the point where they can actually determine where someone is," Fontes said.
The Duluth, Minn., City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow goats and other small hoofed animals in residential areas. Fenced properties bigger than 2 acres would be eligible, and a setback of 75 feet from lot lines would be required.
David Oyler plans to retire in February as city manager of Spanish Fork, Utah, after more than four decades with the city. Oyler was hired as an administrative assistant in 1975 and worked his way up to city manager in 1990. "We've worked together as a team all of these years, and that's what has made Spanish Fork a great place to live," Oyler said.
Syracuse, N.Y., has many high-poverty neighborhoods, especially in areas with high proportions of Hispanic and black residents. One cause is the city's decision in the 1950s on where to locate an interstate highway. The decision led to a neighborhood's demolition and enabled many residents to move to the suburbs.
State or national parks in Washington, California, Minnesota, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon are among those waiving fees on the day after Thanksgiving.
The Open Hands Foundation and The Bridge for Youth are preparing to open an emergency shelter for youths in Chanhassen, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. The facility will open Dec. 1 to those ages 10 to 17. "People assume because we're affluent, everything is OK," Open Hands board member Pam Langseth said. "These kids are caught in family challenges, and there are no services for the kids unless they are downtown."
San Luis Obispo County, Calif., is telling residents to prepare for potentially bad winter storms and flooding from El Nino. Roofers are handling a significant increase in repairs as residents take heed, while hardware stores have seen a surge in sales of roof-repair products, pipe insulation, weatherstripping and drop cloths.
The Seaside, Calif., City Council is expected to approve the hiring of Craig Malin as city manager at a Dec. 3 meeting. Malin served as city administrator of Davenport, Iowa, for 14 years.
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