Hanover councilwoman blasts new 911 s...

Hanover councilwoman blasts new 911 system

There are 12 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Aug 13, 2009, titled Hanover councilwoman blasts new 911 system. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Linda Stonesifer was direct in her criticism of the new, digital York County 911 system.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The York Daily Record.

City Firefighter

AOL

#1 Aug 13, 2009
It does not work all the time in the City of York. It is going to get someone killed. We can not get our Chief or new union President to do anything about it.
Deannie

East Berlin, PA

#2 Aug 13, 2009
Good luck Ms.Stonesifer. Our idiot commissioners listen to no one. If they don't pay any attention to the complaints from the people who have to use the inept system they aren't going to listen to a councilwoman. Admit it's a complete waste of money and it will never work the way it's touted to? You've got to be kidding.
meeh

York, PA

#3 Aug 13, 2009
The radio system is seperate from the paging/dispatch. Fire departments are not dispatched from the radio. They recieve pages on thier pagers. The problems in the Hanover area are coming from the radio system, not the paging. This article is misleading. It makes one think calls are coming into the 911 center, and units are not being dispatched. That is not the case. The units are being dispatched, they know the call is there. They are just having difficulty communicating with the 911 center.
Keepin Count

Annapolis, MD

#4 Aug 13, 2009
Just so you know, the West system (Hanover area) has only two towers and ten frequencies.

The South system (Glen Rock to Gatchelville) has six towers. The central York system has nine towers.

The southwestern edge of the County was definitely given subpar infrastructure.
say what

Lancaster, PA

#5 Aug 13, 2009
When I read the article I think it said that the firefighter called 911 on his RADIO and the 911 center either did not dispatch the fire co. on their PAGING SYSTEM. or the call did not go through on their PAGING SYSTEM. Not sure where you are getting confused meeh. It appears to me that the radio worked if the other firefighters heard him on the radio but they did not recieve a dispatch via their PAGERS. please,somebody correct me if I.m wrong.
City Firefighter

Northville, MI

#6 Aug 13, 2009
Audio on the shoulder mics is horrible - can't understand what's being said by dispatchers & other units, esp. when in a noisy environment, such as an engine w/diesel engine & siren noise.

The new portable are bulky and not at all user friendly.

The pagers are nearly impossible to read when you wake up from a deep sleep for a dispatch. Response time is suffering in the city while we're trying to determine what the call is & who's to respond.

With the old system you could at least be heading for the rigs while LISTENING to to the dispatch.

When you finally figure out where you're going, then you have to wait your turn to transmit because you've got all the metro fire & EMS departments all talking on OPS2.

Years ago the fire side fought to get EMS off the fire frequencies because of all the radio traffic they generated on the fire band - now it's back & the county calls it progress - go figure!

The city definitely got the short end of the stick with the digital system - our old repeated analog system worked 1000 times better than the crap system we have now.
R Four

Annapolis, MD

#7 Aug 13, 2009
City Firefighter wrote:
The city definitely got the short end of the stick with the digital system - our old repeated analog system worked 1000 times better than the crap system we have now.
Plus on a slow night you could turn off the channel guard and listen to DC and the Bronx!
bob

Swarthmore, PA

#8 Aug 14, 2009
well the paid fire chief shank loves it so guess what city its yours now.
Keffer

Harrisburg, PA

#9 Aug 14, 2009
Maybe she should talk with Matt Derose, he seams to have a lot of sway with cronister
yorkie

York, PA

#10 Aug 14, 2009
say what wrote:
When I read the article I think it said that the firefighter called 911 on his RADIO and the 911 center either did not dispatch the fire co. on their PAGING SYSTEM. or the call did not go through on their PAGING SYSTEM. Not sure where you are getting confused meeh. It appears to me that the radio worked if the other firefighters heard him on the radio but they did not recieve a dispatch via their PAGERS. please,somebody correct me if I.m wrong.
depending on what the firefighter said, maybe the firedept wasnt due on the call. Fire departments do not respond on all calls.
Does Know

Ocean City, NJ

#11 Aug 14, 2009
City FD is represented by Steve Buffington.. He has signed off on the system.. Chief 99-7 has done extensive walk testing in and out of building in the city with VERY few dead spots.. The competitions radio, The XTL series is 1/4 " longer, Wider and taller and is a whopping 7 Ounces heavier.. The days of $150.00 Moto toys are gone..
Did anyone call 911 on a cellphone to report the wreck as well. maybe the over worked under paid 911 dispatcher was taking the cellphone call while the whacker was reporting it on the radio.. Look at all of the FACTS.. it's strange that the radios fail all the time but when the fire hits (2 alarm last week) EVERY transmission was heard and responded to.. TOO MANY RUMORS and BAD reporting make for mayhem..
Hanover Firefighter

West Chester, PA

#12 Aug 18, 2009
Does Know wrote:
City FD is represented by Steve Buffington.. He has signed off on the system.. Chief 99-7 has done extensive walk testing in and out of building in the city with VERY few dead spots.. The competitions radio, The XTL series is 1/4 " longer, Wider and taller and is a whopping 7 Ounces heavier.. The days of $150.00 Moto toys are gone..
Did anyone call 911 on a cellphone to report the wreck as well. maybe the over worked under paid 911 dispatcher was taking the cellphone call while the whacker was reporting it on the radio.. Look at all of the FACTS.. it's strange that the radios fail all the time but when the fire hits (2 alarm last week) EVERY transmission was heard and responded to.. TOO MANY RUMORS and BAD reporting make for mayhem..
The paper was wrong. The firefighter called the fire station by phone. The station called York by radio. No equipment sent. The Wirt Park Station called the Clearview station by phone and that is how we responded. The Rescue was needed and a radio call went to York. Nothing so the career firefighter on Truck 46 took the Rescue and called York to call for off duty firefighters to man Truck 46. Nothing.

As for the 2 alarm fire The Chief outside the building could not talk to the crews on the inside second floor of the house that was on fire.

Could have used some Moto Toys

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