Employees assigned to the Montgomery County, Maryland 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center will have successfully completed the call take consolidation process in April 2020.
This year our center became accredited through WILEAG. To do so, the whole center had to get involved.
CMHIP had an ancient phone system. I mean ANCIENT. This system was so old it wasn’t equipped to show caller ID!
The Bullhead City 911 Communications Bureau dispatchers, with the Fort Mojave-Mesa Fire Department, as part of the CPR Life Links program initiated a CPR protocol that is structured to get bystander CPR started faster.
May 4th, 2019, our department lost an officer in the line of duty. Like so often occurs in such chaotic situations, our spirits and souls were greatly tested.
In August 2019, the center suffered a cyber attack from ransomware that crippled all technology and software. The Communications Center worked without CAD for 22 days.
The individuals pictured were recognized for their professionalism and efficiency in handling a traumatic amputation call.
The lightning strike completely disabled our dispatching capabilities, by damaging our radios, telephones (911 and non-emergency lines) and computer CAD systems.
Our department has gone through some major changes over the past 4 months. Our top 2 positions both have new faces and we implemented a new CAD and RMS software.
Moving a live 911 operation environment from one location to another is no small accomplishment.
Last year, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, around 9 a.m. the City of Houston was hit with Tropical Storm Imelda with 43 inches of water. Our dispatchers did a phenomenal job directing officers to high ground, open roads and finding alternative higher ground to move school buses.
We have undergone 2 administration changes and have had multiple employees leave. The five employees who have stayed have worked countless hours over overtime and teach the new hires the proper procedures and techniques.
CPE changed my life and renewed my passion for communication. In September, I accepted a position as the Operations Manager at Covington-Newton County 911. I’m honored to work with great people who have a lot of passion for their community and the 911 Center.
While working to integrate some needed upgrades to a few of our systems this year, we are reviewing and rewriting our policies and going over every detail of the systems upgrades with a fine-tooth comb.
Between July 2019 and January 2020 we have had to deal with the unexpected deaths of two of our staff and worked a line of duty death of one of our police officers.
This past year was filled with projects, the most involved one being the acquisition of a new 911 phone system and the formation of a 911 network with our neighbor to the west.