State law may strike a recent Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors vote to purchase new 911 equipment and force the incoming board to take up the matter again in January.
A year ago, the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association, which represents emergency management operations in all 82 of the state’s counties, pushed Senate Bill 2577, also known as “Operation Quarter Back,” which would have returned an additional 25 cents of the $1 fee charged on 911 calls made by cell phones to counties to operate its E911 systems.
When a person calls 911 from a cellphone, they trust dispatchers on the other end of the line will be in the same county. However, that’s not always the case.
Last week, three Columbus men were killed when the car they were riding in ran off Officer’s Lake Road and hit a tree in Lowndes County. Two people survived and one of them called 911 from their cell phone.
A fast-moving fire claimed four lives on Thursday in New Jersey’s second-largest city, where the mayor said a mix-up over the street name delayed the emergency response.
When George Zimmerman and his girlfriend called 911 in the heat of a domestic dispute, they almost certainly knew that they were not just talking
According to District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith, there are times when emergency response units have difficulty finding the correct address to respond to 911 calls.
The quick fix is an ordinance similar to the one the Oktibbeha County board of supervisors passed.