02/24/07 48 W - + 18 - 15 Big Fire Resources

The News & Observer continues their coverage of the Pine Knoll fire. This morning's article notes the number of resources used. 150 firefighters including 29 recruits. Thirty-one pieces of apparatus. Etcetera. There's also some video footage on their site, a slideshow of photos, and some 911 calls from Thursday.

Those 911 calls take me back to my (very brief) ECC days. In those days, cell phones were an anomaly and address location was super-simple. You simply looked at the auto-locater that accompanied the land-line telephone call. With so many cell phones these days, it must be hell to identify a new or unfamiliar street, such as were reported at Thursday’s fire.
Legeros - 02/25/07 - 15:20

Well…add to that the fact that many of the new arrivals to this area still have cell phones with their ‘back-home’ numbers, which could be from anywhere. I know several people who live here, work here, play here, but their cell phone number is from NY, NJ, PA, OH, etc.
DJ (Email) - 02/25/07 - 21:03

If I’m not mistaken, it shouldn’t matter where the cellphone is from. With Phase I Wireless, you should at least get the cellphone number and the location of the cell tower that is transmitting the call (I know.. not very useful in dispatching a call). With Phase II Wireless, you should get the telephone number AND a location that is required to meet the FCC’s accuracy standards of 50-300 meters of the actual address/location. Of course, this only applies to agencies using the E911 system.
Luke - 02/26/07 - 00:51

Luke, I believe you could be right. I know Johnston County has the tracking capability, I don’t know if RW911 does. Another problem with the newcomers is that they don’t often know where they are at, or they remembered a street form two blocks back. And the way that businesses change their names is confusing. Another problem I ran into a few weeks ago was a business that did not change phone numbers, but moved to a new location about 3-4 miles away. EMS16 was sent to an address, but there was no one there that called an ambulance. About 30 minutes later, EMS4 got a call that was to a doctor’s office, and their name was not on the sign out front. And of course, they were upset because it took so long.
DJ (Email) - 02/26/07 - 15:59

DJ – send me a UER on that location – AT&T or Entrada dropped the ball on that one;

As for Phase II compliance, I believe that RWCC is awaiting all of the cell carriers to come in accordance with the regulation. You will often see the information in the commentary on the alphapagers so I know that the 911 and CAD system have the ability to use the data, IF it is received from the cellular telephone carrier. I think there are fewer that 3 that currently provide that information in the Triangle area. The information was used to find an injured cyclist at Umstead Park about 2 years ago. Fortunately, he had the right cell phone carrier that day.
Olson - 02/26/07 - 22:38

yea Mike…i served my prison sentence from 96-99 in the dungeon. Loved the work, not the schedule or environment. Hella, iz dis 911?
AB - 02/26/07 - 23:37

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