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Sandy Hook: State moves to shut down Newtown's 911 call center

 
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07/23/2013 03:38 PM
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Sandy Hook: State moves to shut down Newtown's 911 call center
It's looking more and more to me as if local Newtown officials--cops, EMS, 911 dispatchers--are being punished by the state for something. Perhaps these local guys aren't responding as well to state gag orders as the Governor had hoped.

At any rate, in addition to anonymously accusing the Newtown police of "waiting" to respond to the Sandy Hook incident, now the State is going to shut down the Newtown 911 call center and transfer 911 calls to a regional center.

[link to www.newtownbee.com]

I think anyone else who, like me, heard regional dispatchers give out the wrong address repeatedly on 12/14 ("10 Dickerson Drive," "12 Dickerson Drive," etc.) might wonder whether any financial benefit to the State justifies jeopardizing safety at a local level.

911 calls are NOT the place to cut corners. You need 911 dispatchers who KNOW the city they're dealing with. The whole point of a 911 call is that minutes, and even seconds, count. You need someone answering that phone who drives the same streets you do, who is personally aware of shortcuts, construction, recent flooding, you name it.

I think it's foolhardy and completely suspect that they're shutting down Newtown's 911 call center, of all places.
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07/23/2013 03:44 PM
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Re: Sandy Hook: State moves to shut down Newtown's 911 call center
Oh, and yes, current Newtown 911 dispatchers--the same dispatchers who received awards and gratitude for a job well done--will lose their jobs. But--they're free to apply at CMED, where their local knowledge will be "valued," as long as the "meet the job standards."

Danbury State's Atty. Stephen Sedensky seized the 911 tapes. Now the Governor is threatening to fire the 911 dispatchers.

What the hell?
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Re: Sandy Hook: State moves to shut down Newtown's 911 call center
I'm not trying to impune regional dispatchers, btw -- I'm sure they did the best with the information that was passed along to them. I'm just saying that local knowledge is vital when it comes to 911 calls. In fact, local knowledge should be mandatory.





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