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Enhanced 9-1-1 In Washita County

posted Aug 27, 2013, 8:45 PM by Dana Church   [ updated Aug 28, 2013, 6:13 AM ]

Enhanced 9-1-1 is location driven. A well designed Geographic Information System (GIS), or mapping system, is the heart of E 9-1-1. The foundation to a precise GIS is the road numbering and the measurement-based addressing.

The Southwest Oklahoma Regional 911 Association (SWOR911) based the region’s road numbers on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) road numbers.  ODOT’s road numbering starts at 0,0 in the northwest corner of the Oklahoma panhandle. The road numbers increase each mile/section going south, and going east throughout the state.

Most of Washita County roads follow the section line grid. The need to systematically identify roads that do not follow section lines was identified early on. A placeholder (additional digit) representing a tenth of a mile was added to the base numbering system uniquely identifying each county road.

For example, an ODOT road identified as N 212 Rd, is identified as N 2120 Rd in the SWOR911 system. N 2120 Rd is a road that follows a section line because it’s placeholder for the tenth of a mile is “0”. A road named N 2123 Rd would indicate the road is three-tenths of a mile east of N 2120. It’s a consistent, systematic numbering system that follows the section line grid.

The original county road signs installed didn’t include the additional placeholder/digit. The original signs included NS and EW for the direction of the road; however, SWOR’s system only recognizes N and E for the pre-direction of the road.

“The road signs currently being replaced in Washita County is important because the additional digit represents a measurement which is critical to addressing and public safety,” said Dana Church, SWODA E9-1-1 Director

She went on to explain that when a 9-1-1 call is placed, location information pertaining to the 9-1-1 caller is presented to the calltaker on a computerized map. This information helps calltakers facilitate an emergency call more efficiently. The county road numbers used in the 9-1-1 system is also mirrored on county road signage at each intersection.

Assignment of a locatable 9-1-1 address is an integral part of E 9-1-1. One of the last steps bringing new addressing full circle is converting the Rural Route/Box addresses to 9-1-1 addresses. All county residents that receive rural mail delivery have been mailed a new address letter from the 911 office. 

Danette Traugott, SWODA 911 Assistant, has worked closely with each local post office and rural carrier, to complete this task. Traugott said, “Every resident needs a 9-1-1 or physical address for emergency services to locate you, and that also includes Post Office Box Holders.” Post Office Box Holders who live outside of city limits and have not received a 9-1-1 address should call 1-866-502-7970.

SWOR911 has 11 (eleven) Enhanced 9-1-1 Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) across their six-county region. The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) administers the regional system. The Washita County Justice Center/Sheriff’s office is the PSAP for Washita County. For more information about E 9-1-1 go to  www.swor911.org.

OK Public Safety Conference - Conference Connections

posted Jul 29, 2013, 10:25 AM by Dana Church

Make Conference Plans NOW!!

17TH ANNUAL OKLAHOMA PUBLIC SAFETY CONFERENCE APPROACHING

posted Jul 15, 2013, 12:51 PM by Dana Church   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 10:12 AM ]

TULSA, OK (July15, 2013) - The 17th Annual Oklahoma Public Safety Conference is scheduled for October 14-16, 2013 at the Southern Hills Marriott, Tulsa Oklahoma.

This is the premier event for public safety communications professionals offering over 25 expert-led sessions, presented on a variety of industry hot topics to benefit the many facets of the public safety profession. The presenters leading the sessions are industry experts who bring real-life working experience to the classroom. This conference continues to grow due to the suitable schedule, timely information, and appropriate collaboration at a low cost.

“The Oklahoma Public Safety Conference is 2 ½ days packed full of classes.  It's inexpensive which helps the smaller communities that can't afford high priced classes for their communication officers,” said Lt. Bridget Stout, Communications Supervisor, Elk City Police Department.

Over 6,000 square feet of groundbreaking technology will be on display in the exhibit hall. Conference attendees can meet the vendors and discuss products that are used in the industry.

 “As a 9-1-1 coordinator the event offers a time for cognitive discussion with like partners in the public safety arena. We network with other coordinators, view the latest technology during the vendor show and come home with new ideas taken from the many education and training sessions,” said Rod Neal, Ottawa County 911 Coordinator.

Outstanding dispatchers will be honored along with a special 911 hero from Oklahoma at the annual banquet. Many extraordinary gifts will be presented to other honorees and attendees as well.

The Oklahoma Chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) plan and facilitate the conference. Pre-registration can be accessed at okpsc.org.

posted Mar 5, 2013, 9:25 AM by Dana Church   [ updated Jun 7, 2013, 12:07 PM ]


"Your Worst Day is Our Work Day"

posted Oct 30, 2012, 7:57 AM by Dana Church

Attendance was up at this year’s Annual Public Safety Conference in Norman. The conference, entitled “9-1-1…Your Worst Day is Our Work Day,” offered comprehensive training for Public Safety Communications Officers from across Oklahoma.

 

“Our region was well represented,” said Dana Church, E911 Director with South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA),” with a total of seven in attendance from across our area.”

 

The Southwestern Oklahoma Regional 911 Association provided scholarships to three of those attending from our area including Christina Franks with the Elk City Police Department, Mona Sims with the Weatherford Police Department and Patricia Redmon with the Sayre Police Department. Other area attendees include Dana Church and Danette Traugott with SWODA, and Bridget Stout and Leslie Denley with the Elk City Police Department.

 

Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, Todd Lamb, who was formerly in law enforcement, was the opening session speaker. He complimented the workers in the public safety communications industry and stated, “My door is always open for you.”

 

The conference continued throughout the day with a variety of breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Attendees were able to plot their own course throughout the day.

 

“I was very thankful to receive a scholarship from SWOR911,” said Mona Sims, “I felt like I left the conference with a new appreciation for my job, co-workers and agency. I want to send dispatchers to the conference in the future.”

 

There were also some exciting door prizes given away throughout the day to help lighten the workload. Bridget Stout with the Elk City Police Department won a bag of autographed rock and roll CDs along with autographed copies of Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar’s books.

 

“This profession has a tendency to be rather secluded, so it was a great reminder that there are others all across not just our state but the country and world that deal with the same issues. Be it personal or work related, we all just want to make a difference in peoples’ everyday lives,” said Christina Franks.

 

The 2013 Conference is scheduled for October 14 – 16 in Tulsa, OK. For more information, visit www.okpsc.org. 
 
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Meeting Cancelled

posted Oct 17, 2011, 5:54 AM by Dana Church

ATTN: The regularly scheduled October 20, 2011 Southwest Oklahoma Regional 911 Association Meeting is cancelled.

Enhanced 911 Beneficial For Region

posted Jul 13, 2011, 5:42 AM by Dana Church   [ updated Jul 13, 2011, 5:47 AM ]

Citizens of southwest Oklahoma have Enhanced 911 services thanks to the pioneering efforts of the Southwest Oklahoma Regional 911 Association (SWOR911).

SWOR911, in partnership with South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA), has played a key role in establishing Enhanced 911 services throughout Beckham, Custer, Harmon, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties.

The greatest benefit of the Enhanced 911 system is the ability it gives emergency dispatchers to see a visual map of the caller’s physical location on a computer screen, whether calling from a landline or cellular phone.

This improved technology allows dispatchers to relay more accurate, detailed information to emergency responders. The enhanced information heightens the capabilities of emergency personnel when responding to 911 callers, even those who are unable to communicate the emergency or location.

The network of 911 addressing and mapping is the heart of the Enhanced 911 system. Rural residents in Beckham, Custer, Harmon, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties can obtain a 911 address by calling Director of E911, Dana Church, toll free at 1-866-502-7970 or 580-562-4882. For more information, go to www.swor911.org.

SWOR911 Board Meeting

posted Apr 18, 2011, 10:13 AM by Dana Church   [ updated Apr 18, 2011, 10:21 AM ]

The scheduled Southwest Oklahoma Regional 911 Association (SWOR911) meeting will be held April 21, 2011, 10 a.m. in the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Conference Room at 420 Sooner Drive, Burns Flat, OK 73624. The agenda is attached on the Board Information page.

Agency Seeks On-Site Maintenance & Support

posted Jan 25, 2011, 1:30 PM by Dana Church   [ updated Apr 18, 2011, 10:09 AM ]

This Request for Qualifications has expired.
Regional 9-1-1 Association is seeking information from companies who can maintain and provide on-site service for, regional 9-1-1 secured, network and computer/telephony equipment.

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