February 13, 2014
Director, Spokane Regional Emegency Communications Systems
In 2008, the voters of Spokane County approved a 1/10 of one percent sales tax increase to replace an aging and failing Emergency Communications System, help support the continued operation of Crime Check operations, Reverse 9-1-1 notification system, and provide additional support for the 9-1-1 Primary Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) if necessary.
As of today (2/13/14):
• Projected revenues have been less than initially expected due to the recession of the past 5 years.
• Emergency Communications System project remains within budget and is progressing.
o There have been some delays, which were expected for a project of this magnitude, but it is on schedule for completion by the end of 2014.
• Crime Check continues to operate 24/7 and 365 days per year.
• The Reverse 9-1-1 notification system is fully functional.
• Up to this point no support has been required for the 9-1-1 PSAP.
In the coming months, law enforcement and fire service will migrate to the new communications system. This migration will start as early as next week, beginning with the law enforcement community. They will be followed in three to seven months by fire service. There will be no negative impact in the service provided to the public during this transition.
If you listen to Public Safety radio traffic on scanners as this transition occurs, there will be impacts to what you are able to hear. Due to the technology employed in the system and security issues, some radio traffic will no longer be available and the rest will probably require scanners with different technology than most citizens have.
For more information, contact Bob Lincoln, Spokane Regional Emergency Communications Systems Director at 509.835.4521.
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