MATTHEW SIMON REPORTING: When first responders lost
control of their emergency communications board last
month- they were afraid their concerns would not
But with today's first advisory meeting it was surprising
the silence was deliberate.
There is an increased desire to have the interaction
THAT - 911 CENTER DIRECTOR JOHN DEJUNG'S RESPONSE
TO FIRST RESPONDER'S REPEATED SILENCE...
SOUND OF SILENCE
...DURING THIS: THE FIRST MEETING SINCE THE BOARD
OF SUPERVISORS TOOK PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION CONTROL
AWAY FROM THEM.
THEY'RE NOW ADVISORS TO THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE'S OFFICE.
I think folks are trying to figure out how this would
How this would operate.
Who's responsible for what.
I don't think it was a silent protest.
I really don't.
I think this was a lets see how this goes.
WHILE THAT MAY BE THE OFFICIAL LINE...COUNTY SUPERVISOR
MIKE WILLETT, WHO VOTED AGAINST THE MOVE, PUT IT LIKE
MIKE WILLETT: they feel like they're not heard.
WITH NO ONE ABLE TO PINPOINT EXACTLY WHY COUNTYWIDE
FIRST RESPONDER RADIO FAILURES ARE STILL HAPPENING,
MANY FIRST RESPONDERS ARE BEYOND FRUSTRATED.
SOME SAYING LIVES ARE IN JEOPARDY.
JOHN DEJUNG: it's very frustrating.
The whole process of Hearing about the issues.
And trying to track them down.
Trying to eliminate those .
It's a slow process.
SLOW ALSO MEANS FIRST RESPONDER'S MUST RELY ON AN
OLD, OUT OF DATE LEGACY SYSTEM FOR THEIR RADIOS.
JOHN DEJUNG: I believe the legacy system is fine for
ANOTHER YEAR...EVEN THOUGH THE NEW DANECOM SIGNAL
COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY IT'LL BE THAT LONG BEFORE FIRST
RESPONDERS CAN USE IT.
SO COME THE FIRST OF THE YEAR THEY'RE SHUTTING PART
OF DANECOM DOWN.
We feel we can afford to shut that down for 30 days.
Even though we don't think that's the cause of any
of our problems.
We're shutting it down out of an abundance of caution.
CLIP 39 3833 MATTHEW SIMON REPORTING: The silence
remained when the 911 center director asked for a
next meeting date.
The first responders not saying anything.
So right now there is no next meeting.
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-- MICHELLE --
THE 9-1-1 CENTER DIRECTOR SAYS HE BELIEVES DESPITE
WHAT FIRST RESPONDERS SAY, PROGRESS IS BEING MADE.