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Chicago FD begins transition to digital radios

An article on the CBS Chicago website mentions the CFD has begun the transition to digital radios, beginning with EMS.

After six years of testing – and spending more than $20 million – the Chicago Fire Department has finally started to go digital.

The switchover from analog to digital radios began Sunday at 8 a.m., with EMS paramedics getting the new radios.

“The fire department has been testing the system, along with OEMC (the Office of Emergency Management and Communications), and the Fire Department at this time is satisfied with the performance of the system, and we are ready to go live,” Langford said.

Langford says firefighters will start training with the digital radios in June and will switch to digital before the end of the year.

“Every person on the rig will have a radio,” Langford says. That will be a first for the Fire Department – where everyone has a radio.

Langford says the department will keep the option to switch back to analog, if necessary.

The article can be found HERE.

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CFD Personnel Reorganization – update 2

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications which runs the 9-1-1 communications center will implement a series of personnel changes which become effective January 1, 2012. The changes affect both the fire and police communications personnel. The fire department changes include the following:

  • four senior alarm board operators will be demoted to the position of dispatcher
  • two dispatchers will be reassigned to the position of call taker
  • at least five call takers will lose their jobs

Currently, there is a senior alarm board operator assigned to the Englewood and the Main operations per shift. As of January 1st, one person will oversee both sides of the city.

From the Chicago News Report:

According to the Occupy Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) Facebook page, pink slips and letters of demotion were passed out to 911 operators on Friday, December 16, 2011.

From CBS Chicago:

Also, Office of Emergency Management and Communications supervisor Shanita Carter talked about the consequences of laying off already understaffed and overworked 911 call takers.

“That means that the city of Chicago is in dire trouble, because they will not be getting proper service,” Carter said. “In the higher-crime communities there’s already a delay of service – in which one of them I live – and so there’s going to be a further delay of service. As far as the supervisory thing goes, they’re trying to lay off not only the call-takers, but the supervisors. The supervisors are the people there to help train our call-takers; to keep them motivated; to keep them going. They’re overworked. They’re burned out.”

Carter says the supervisors cannot be stretched thinner than they already are.

Earlier this week, 28 aldermen signed a letter of concern over city budget cuts, saying some of them go too far. Cuts to the OEMC were of particular concern, as were cuts to the libraries, Emanuel’s which would result in the layoffs of scores of employees.


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CPD dispatcher dies in car crash

A 42-year old Chicago Police (CPD) dispatcher from the 9-1-1 center died this morning from injuries sustained when her car was struck broadside by a 16-year old who was being chased by CPD officers. The 16-year old, in a stolen SUV, evidently backed into a CPD squad car and fled after being stopped for running a red light. The deceased was married to a Chicago Fire Department alarm board operator.

(police dispatcher Marciea) Adkins died early Sunday driving home from her overnight shift after her car was struck by a teenager fleeing from police in stolen SUV, police said. The 16-year-old had touched off a nearly 2-mile pursuit after he backed into a police vehicle during a traffic stop for failing to stop at a red light, police said.

Adkins, 42, was married to a dispatcher for the Chicago Fire Department, and the couple has a young daughter.

The complete Chicago Tribune article with scene photos can be found HERE.

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