|The NYC 911 System Is Still A Mess
|Verizon will pay New York City $50 million dollars in a court settlement stemming from the delays on the new 911 call system. In addition to the lump sum payment, Verizon will provide
an additional $10 million in cost savings to the city.
Mayor Bloomberg said: “With this settlement, Verizon is compensating the city for the considerable costs associated with the delay of a key component of the new 911 system,”
“Since that component was finally delivered in December 2011, the city’s state-of-the-art 911 system has successfully handled more than 21 million calls, and we look forward to
continuing to work with Verizon as we complete the first comprehensive overhaul of the system in more than 40 years.”
What a bunch of crap. The system goes down like the Titanic all the time. This has been grossly mismanaged from the very beginning and if anyone thinks the system will not crash
over and over again, they are fools.
A quick look back over the last few months will show you there has been nothing but...
|FDNY Shows Off New Equipment 1 Year After Hurricane Sandy
|FDNY unveiled dozens of new tools and vehicles purchased (Mostly for Firefighters) as a result of their total lack of preparedness for Hurricane Sandy, including equipment, gear
The Department spent more than $6 million in strategic investments on equipment and training (Except for EMS) following the Hurricane on Oct. 29, 2012.
The new equipment includes, six high-axle, 2.5-ton vehicles that can function in 53-inch deep waters (Fire only), one 13-foot long Swift Water Rescue POD filled with water rescue
equipment for FDNY members (Firefighters only), 40 boats designed and intended for operating in flooded city streets (including Rescue Connector Boats with pumps capable of
moving more than 550 gallons of water per minute for Firefighters),
FDNY Firefighters also received specialized training, including Department of Homeland Security sponsored Wide Area Search Classes, additional water rescue training and
advanced courses in structural collapse response.
“We had been looking into purchasing these tools before Sandy (cough, cough, ...sure you have), but the storm really showed us a need for them, (We were caught with our pants
down again....as always) ” Special Operations Command Chief William Seelig said.
During Hurricane Sandy, FDNY fought more than 94 fires, and responded to 5,681 EMS medical emergencies. EMS responded to over 60 x the amount of calls that Fire responded
to. EMS always gets the short end of the stick.
What did EMS get? We got a tent with longboards and tech bags and 2 EMS Station Relocation Trailers containing "tools and supplies" needed to operate a temporary EMS station
when they get flooded out again in the next storm. Here is a look at the "tools and supplies"
|Yes...we have a trailer full of office supplies to keep the system running. It even has a desk and 2 very comfortable chairs that we can sit on...as we go to the high ground and watch
the EMS stations float away in the next big storm. You would think we would get more... EMS only did 60 x the amount of calls that Fire did and we got a desk set. Now I know how
Charlie Brown feels every Halloween when he looks into his candy bag and says "I got a rock."
When your EMS system is run by a Fire Department, you instantly become the beggar child. Every time you want something you need to come up with your empty bowl and say
"Please sir, I want some more."
|It doesn't matter if your EMS agency responds to 15 calls or 1.5 million calls...you should have everything you need to do your job...and not have to beg.