12/17/08 124 W - + 10 - 14 Raleigh Identifies Projects Fit For Federal Stimulus Funding

At a press conference yesterday, Mayor Charles Meeker said the city is actively seeking its share of a financial stimulus plan being crafted by President-elect Obama's transition team. He said 44 projects have been identified as designed, permitted, and ready to implement in six to 12 months. Read the press release. On the public safety front, the projects include solar thermal water heaters at 9 fire stations, relocation of Fire Station 12, construction of Fire Station 29, modernization of fire dispatching infrastructure, back-up 911 center infrastructure improvements, a mobile command center for police, and generators for critical police facilities. Plus the Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center. See a list and descriptions of all proposed projects. See a list of sustainability initiatives.

Modernization of fire dispatching infrastructure….hmmmm….input anyone? Is that for possibly an independent, city fire department dispatch center?
Silver - 12/17/08 - 11:22

Raleigh already has that. It’s the County that pays per dispatch.
wcff - 12/17/08 - 13:41

Actually, ALL users pay the same fee per call, whether RPD, RFD, EMS, or County Fire Department. The City pays for a little more than 3/4 of all ECC operating costs due to comparative call volume. And the request for funds is for an upgrading of the current VHF station alerting. We will be shortly required to go to narrow band equipment to meet FCC requirements, but are also looking seriously at other alternative inter-active technologies to replace or augment the current methods.
RWECC (Email) - 12/17/08 - 15:59

No WCFF, Raleigh FD does not have a dispatch center solely dedicated to the Raleigh FD (like Charlotte). Thank you RWECC for clarifying…
Silver - 12/17/08 - 16:51

Silver –

In terms of “FD only” dispatch centers, I’m pretty sure Charlotte is the only one in the State (that I know of). I’ve been to Greensboro, High Point, and others surrounding Charlotte (Gaston, Stanly, Iredell, York, and others) and all those are like RWECC – a combination of police/fire/ems. I’m a big advocate of single-agency centers, but to each his own! (of course, I’m a bit biased on that last part)
Luke - 12/19/08 - 01:55

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