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Text to 9-1-1 now available in Kansas City region

In emergency situations, “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”

As of Feb. 19, 2016, emergency dispatch centers in the Kansas City metro area’s Regional 9-1-1 System can now receive and respond to text messages. Text to 9-1-1 service can provide a lifesaving option for people in situations where they cannot speak safely — such as home invasions or active shooter incidents — and for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have difficulty speaking.

“After nearly a year of testing and training, and a lot of work on the part of our wireless phone carriers, we’re pleased to offer the public another option to call for help when they need,” said Keith Faddis, public safety program director for the Mid-America Regional Council. “Voice calls are still the best way to contact 9-1-1, but having the ability to text 9-1-1 could be the difference that saves a life.”
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MARRS User Training

Spanish for TelecommunicatorsThis three-hour course will provide the participant with an overview of the Metropolitan Area Regional Radio System (MARRS). The discussion will focus primarily on the how the MARRS system works, who is on the system, how to communicate on the system and what other communications assets are available to achieve interoperable communications within the region. Participants will be able to differentiate between appropriate interoperability channels and talk-groups when receiving mutual aid from another jurisdiction within the MARC region vs. traveling to another jurisdiction within the region to provide assistance.
Date and Time: March 16, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
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RHSCC Co-Chair appointed

Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo has been appointed to serve as Missouri co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC), replacing Gladstone City Manager Kirk Davis, who retired in April. 

"Steve is ideally suited for this role—he has strong insights into public safety systems, he is skillful in helping diverse groups coalesce around common goals, and he is well regarded for his fair and thoughtful approach to public service,” said Curt Skoog, chair of the MARC Board of directors and a member of the Overland Park City Council. “He has earned confidence of local leaders across the region, and we are grateful for his leadership in this critical position.”
Formed by the MARC Board in 2001, the RHSCC provides leadership to the region’s efforts to enhance capabilities to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from a broad range of threats and hazards, including terrorism.

Regional specialized response team helps with flood response

In late December 2015, members of the Kansas City region’s technical rescue teams were deployed to southwest Missouri to help respond to flooding emergencies. Team members were able to put their specialized training and equipment to good use in dangerous water conditions, helping to save seven lives. Read the entire story»

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