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Spokane City Council steps in to slow push toward combined 911 center

The unanimous panel granted themselves approval authority over any additional steps to combine dispatch duties for emergency responders. The council had previously grilled members of Mayor David Condon’s administration about the need for the change, which is opposed by city employees.

Idaho opts into national public safety broadband network

Idaho has joined 20 other states in an interstate communications network that allows public safety agencies to communicate across jurisdictions during emergencies. Gov. Butch Otter announced this week that he signed a letter for Idaho to participate in the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet...

Agencies practice for active threat at Capitol Campus in Olympia

Washington State Patrol officials say they need to be prepared for a worst-case scenario on the Capitol Campus, including active shooters and bombings. That concern brought about 200 first responders to the campus Friday and Saturday for a large-scale drill.

Ground Zero

Almost four years ago, on the old wordpress blog, I wrote about the environmental catastrophe of Ground Zero. Today marks ten years since the attack on the World Trade Center, so I thought it was appropriate to re-post because many of our new readers probably...