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“Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century,” said FCC chairman Julius Genachowsk. (cnn.com)
Text messaging has been around for 20 years and is one of the most popular modes of communication. An average of 88 texts are sent daily for people ages 18 to 29 compared to 17 phone calls a day.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) confirmed that four wireless carriers in the United States would implement text-to-911 messages by May 15, 2014. The local emergency response centers will need specific equipment to receive the texts.
What do you think? How will 9-1-1 text messaging help first responders?
Didn’t win today? Be watching for an invite next week! Good luck and stay safe.
Jimmy, we sent an email to you to coordinate delivery of your gloves. Congratulations again!
David Kenyon, a Chicago firefighter, invented the fire pole in 1878 to help firefighters quickly reach their fire trucks. Prior to the fire pole, firefighters used spiral staircases or sliding chutes.
Kenyon discovered the unique transportation method when a fellow firefighter slid down a wooden binding pole normally used for hauling hay to the firehouse. Kenyon swayed the chief of his department make the necessary hole in the building so that a pole could be installed. The first pole was made from pine beam and was three inches in diameter. It worked! After the installation, the Chicago Engine 21 Company was usually the first to arrive on scene. As a result, the chief ordered all Chicago fire stations to install a fire pole.