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York County, Va., Launches Text-to-9-1-1 Service

Yesterday the York-Poquoson-Williamsburg Emergency Communications Center in Virginia launched a first-office application of text-to-9-1-1 service with Verizon Wireless and Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (TCS). APCO President Terry Hall, who also serves as the Chief of Emergency Communications for the combined emergency call center, was joined at the announcement by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Safety Bureau Chief David Turetsky and Deputy Chief David Furth, as well as officials from Verizon Wireless, TCS, Cassidian and Motorola.

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Engulfed in an Instant

The calm afternoon and the lives of those living in the retirement community of Mayfair Mews in Virginia Beach were forever changed just after noon on April 6. It was at that moment when a U.S. Navy F/A-18 jet with a student pilot and trainer on board experienced serious engine failure from nearby Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and plunged to the ground, crash landing into the buildings and courtyard of an apartment complex. Instantly, several buildings were engulfed in flames fed by jet fuel. The dark black plumes of thick smoke could be seen miles away.

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New Voice Alert System Streamlining Call Response

Her words tumble from fire station loudspeakers in robotic blocks, ubiquitous enunciations that send fire crews and ambulances rolling down city streets, sirens blaring. Roanoke fire officials claim the voice – feminine, unwavering, precise – contributes to a decrease in response times. And it comes from a machine; a dispatch tool that draws from a trove of prerecorded street names and commands, bought and paid for with city capital improvement funds. The voice alert system was just one of several new technologies installed at the city fire department in recent months, a move aimed at streamlining call response and keeping radio airwaves clear.

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Harris Corporation Awarded $10 Million Contract to Deploy Public Safety Communications System in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

For enhanced interoperability, the P25IP system will be supported by a full suite of Harris mobile and portable radios, including the P7300 and the award-winning Unity® XG-100 portable

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ASAP to PSAP: CSAA Message Broker Goes Live

The long awaited Message Broker server managed by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) has become operational in the production environment.

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Heroes Recognized

A 9-year-old who pulled a younger child from the bottom of a swimming pool and a World War II veteran who is still serving his country were among the award recipients during the ninth annual Celebration of Heroes.

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Franklin and Patrick Counties to Deploy Next-Generation 9-1-1 Networks

ROCKY MOUNT AND STUART, VA, DECEMBER 14, 2011 — Franklin and Patrick counties today announced plans to deploy next-generation 9-1-1 networks in 2012. The two counties’ new emergency communications systems will serve approximately 75,000 residents and join Pittsylvania County as the first next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) networks in the Commonwealth of Virginia

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