Culpeper County, Va., Parks and Recreation held a four-day karate camp to introduce the discipline to children ages 6 to 11. "The big thing is self-discipline and self-control because they have to be able to control themselves and focus so they can learn the correct moves," says department official Tabitha Riley.
The Parks and Recreation Department of Queen Creek, Ariz., has been certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards as an autism center. "Certification takes their commitment to beyond autism friendly and provides a way for them to ensure they have access to resources," says Myron Pincomb of IBCCES.
New cell sites at Lake Gaston and nearby Warrenton, N.C., will help first responders better react to emergencies. The network is designed to withstand power outages, physical damage and cyberthreats.
City officials in Richmond, Va., are trying to address a peculiar problem -- too many City Hall employees dialing 9-1-1 by mistake. Because workers must dial "9" to get an outside line and then "1" for long distance, a second misdialed "1" or even a lengthy pause can produce a 9-1-1 call.
The Vandalia, Ohio, dispatch center achieved emergency medical dispatch certification in June as it joined facilities statewide working to comply with state law. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services required compliance by April 1, but accepted timelines to reach compliance from some centers that had not completed their certifications.
The Green River Area Development District has been asked to explore the feasibility of consolidating regional 9-1-1 centers. Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly made the request, citing a study that called for upgrading the county's communication system for firefighters and the sheriff's department.
The Tech to Protect Challenge presents 10 coding contests that encourage entrants to improve public safety. Kevin McGinnis of FirstNet says first responders can serve as resources to help contestants understand public safety context or can enter their own creations.
Officials of Be'er Sheva, Israel, unveiled plans to convert the Negev Zoo into a 120-acre free-roaming animal savanna. Slated to open in 2022, the experiential animal sustainability center will feature zebras, crocodiles, lions, giraffes and meerkats as well as rescued animals that are deemed unable to return to the wild.
Kim Bybee began with the Carrollton, Texas, parks and recreation department in 2003 as an athletic coordinator and eventually hopes to become the department's director. Bybee says parks departments improve communities with programs "that promote a healthy lifestyle for all ages and abilities."