Stories tagged: emergency communications
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 7:56 a.m.
Spokane County voters overwhelmingly approve sales tax for 911 services
Spokane County residents voted to renew a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax that’s used to fund upgrades to emergency communication technology used by firefighters and law enforcement.
Fri., April 7, 2017
Editorial: Vote yes for vital communications systems
First responders say the communication upgrade was clearly beneficial during recent wildfires and the big windstorm of 2015. Fire and police were able to maintain communications throughout the windstorm and …
Wed., July 15, 2015
GU researchers’ antenna eases wireless network traffic jam
Dropped calls, unsent texts and badly buffered cat videos are no fun. But there’s a more serious side to overburdened wireless networks. They can wreak havoc during crises.
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Next-generation 911 will allow texting, with photos and videos to follow
You just snapped a picture of a car fleeing a collision with a bicyclist. Or maybe you’re watching a brush fire race up a hill toward some houses. With all …
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014
Spokane County’s upgraded emergency radio system activated
Officials flipped the switch on a $47 million upgrade of Spokane County’s emergency communications system last weekend. For the first time, fire and law enforcement personnel will be able to …
Tue., Sept. 25, 2012
Schools’ parental notification systems deliver info efficiently
When a 12-year-old boy went missing Friday in Coeur d’Alene, school officials turned to a new emergency notification system to alert parents by email and phone. About 12,000 households received …
Thu., Aug. 26, 2010
911 upgrade would allow texts, photos
Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive. Residents will pay 75 cents a month next year for 911 service, a …
Wed., Aug. 25, 2010, 5:42 p.m.
Spokane County 911 tax to go up in January
Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive.