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Emergency Communication Services and Facilities

Contents

Introduction

This page is part of a series of pages on Emergency Management and Disaster Planning. It addresses emergency communications systems by assembling a list of federal and state agencies and organizations that are involved in emergency communications. Sample interlocal contracts are also provided.

Emergency Communications

Federal Emergency Notification Programs

Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP)

Emergency Notification Systems Used in Washington State

911 Systems

Emergency Telephone Notification Systems (ETNS)

Misuse of 911 Call System

  • Misuse and Abuse of 911 by Rana Sampson, Problem-Specific Guide Series No. 19, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, 2002 - Posted on Center for Problem Oriented Policing
  • Edmonds Municipal Code Ch. 5.21- Misuse of the 911 or Emergency Call System
  • Okanogan County Code Ch. 9.12 - Abuse of 911 System

Wireless and Radio Communications

Sample Emergency Communications Agreements

  • Public Safety Answering Point/911 Centers in Washington State, Washington State Chapter of Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and National Emergency Number Association - List of agencies
  • Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) - 911 PSAP and dispatch services
  • Cowlitz County Communications - 911 PSAP and dispatch services
    • Interlocal Agreement for operation, maintenance and participation in Cowlitz County Communications Center
  • Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency
  • Grant County Multi Agency Communications Center
    • Interlocal Agreement for the Operation of the Central Communications E911 Center, 01/1995. The Multi Agency Communications Center was formed through an interlocal agreement in January of 1995. Grant County; the cities of Soap Lake, Mattawa, Warden, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Electric City, Royal City, Grand Coulee, Coulee City and Quincy; Grant County Fire Protection District Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15; Grant County Coroner's Office, Grant County Fire Marshal, Grant County Emergency Services, Grant County Sheriffs Department, Grant County Mental Health, Grant County Public Hospital District No. 1, and Grant County Public Hospital District No. 2, together formed the consolidated public safety 9-1-1 dispatch center for law, fire and emergency medical aid.
  • KITTCOM Communications Center - Kittitas County (911 PSAP and dispatch)
  • Pierce County Resolution No. 2011-84 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Authorizes an interlocal agreement with the City of Tacoma, the City of Lakewood, and Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 3, Providing for the Creation and Operation of an Emergency Communications Agency Named South Sound 9-1-1, passed 07/05/11
  • Pierce County Law Enforcement Support Agency - Includes Tacoma and Pierce County, 911 PSAP Pierce County and Dupont, Eatonville. Edgewood, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Roy, Ruston, Steilacoom, University Place
    • Pierce County Code Ch. 2.68 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Law Enforcement Support Agency
  • Skagit 911 - Skagit Emergency Communications Center
  • Valley Communications Center - Serves South King County, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila
    • Federal Way Ordinance No. 00-369 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Approves the formation of the Valley Communications Center Development Authority, 04/2000
    • Exhibit A (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Kent Ordinance No. -- Approving Charter and Bylaws
    • Exhibit B (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Charter of the Valley Communications Center Development Authority
    • Tukwila Ordinance No. 1912 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Approves formation of the Valley Communications Center Development Authority to acquire, construct and equip the Center through the issuance and servicing of long term debt, 4/2000
  • WHITCOM Communications Center - An entity composed of Whitman County, Pullman and Washington State University; provides services to Moscow, Idaho and Asotin County.
    • Pullman Resolution No. R-18-04 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Authorizes an agreement between Pullman, Whitman County and Washington State University to create WHITCOM, an independent agency, to operate the Whitman County Enhanced 911 Emergency Communications and Dispatch Center. WHITCOM includes Whitman County and surrounding areas under jurisdiction of contract subscribers, including Moscow, Idaho and Asotin County, 03/2004
    • Pullman Resolution No. R-19-04 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Authorizes an agreement between Pullman, Whitman County, Washington State University, and Asotin County for WHITCOM to provide Emergency Communications and Dispatch Services to Asotin County for initial period of 5 years with a 5 year renewal. WHITCOM includes Whitman County and surrounding areas under jurisdiction of contract subscribers, including Moscow, Idaho and Asotin County, 03/2004
    • Pullman Resolution No. R-4-04 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Authorizes an agreement between Pullman, Whitman County, Washington State University, and Moscow, Idaho for WHITCOM to provide E911 services and complete dispatch Services to Moscow, Idaho for initial period of 3 years with 2 one year extensions. WHITCOM includes Whitman County and surrounding areas under jurisdiction of contract subscribers, including Moscow, Idaho and Asotin County, 01/2004

Regional Radio Communications Facilities

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