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911: It’s your call

Letter by Gary Lee Aleshire, Jr., University Place on Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm | 10 Comments »
October 28, 2011 9:06 am

Remember the rotary phone? Touch tone and wireless phones? Now we have cellular, Bluetooth, voice over internet, instant messaging, texting, and even video conferencing. What is the next gadget that will bring new opportunities and that we must have in order to keep up with the “Joneses”?

As a multiple user for requesting services through 911, I was relieved and grateful that there was a response to my need. Yet, many of our daily communication devices cannot be used to request life saving assistance because of the rapidly changing technology and lifestyles of today’s modern electronic “toys.” So I ask you why you would not consider approving the proposal for upgrading the E911 emergency communications?

Unfortunately for our access points for emergency services, there is a cost. To modernize and allow our responders to receive critical communications from the multitudes of technologies will require millions of dollars. This is the first holistic redesign of Pierce County communications. In addition, the disparate centers and radio systems utilized by the police, fire, medical, and disaster organizations have come together to reduce the many centers into two that will manage all of Pierce County’s 911 services (except Puyallup police and Buckley police and fire).

I encourage you to recognize the need and support this effective and efficient request by voting for the E911 proposition. It just may be the call you need to make that this money will help answer.

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