Boys push 911 in search of Santa

Two young brothers from Mayville are likely hoping they haven't landed on Santa's naughty list after police showed up at their doorstep.

First Responders: Report shows Parisi wrong about proposal to gut board

New DaneCom emergency communication system likely delayed for one year

As Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi pushes to gut the Public Safety Communication Center Board of its decision-making power, a report compiled by the county's 911 call-taking software company says the board lacks data required to make well-informed decisions.

Dane Co. sheriff supports plan to gut first responder board

Many other law enforcement members oppose move

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney told a county committee Tuesday he supports Executive Joe Parisi's proposal to gut the first responder center board of its ability to make public safety communication decisions, including overseeing the county's 911 system.

Dane Co. Exe. Office: State system causing first responder radio failures

State shut down problematic transmission

A radio frequency of the state's "WISCOM" emergency communication system, combined with a new state radio procedure put in place this summer, appears to have caused the radio failures some first responders across Dane Co. have been reporting, according to a memo by Dane Co. 911 Director John Dejung.

New Dane County emergency system faces more delays

$18M communication systems originally set to be released last summer

The rollout of Dane County's $18 million emergency communications system set for Monday has been postponed again, and its day-to-day manager said there is no information available "as to when it may commence."

More 911 dispatchers included in county budget

6 positions to be added by next summer

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is proposing the Public Safety Communications Center add six new 911 dispatchers next year to address high summer call volumes.

County board approves new 5-year deal for 911 director

DeJung has been under fire recently for center performance

The Dane County Board has unanimously approved a new five-year contract for 911 Center director John DeJung, despite concerns by some law enforcement about slow response times at the center.

Parisi wants closest resources responding to 911 emergencies

Proposal made after News 3 investigation

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is asking the 911 Center Board to authorize a policy sending the closest possible resources to a fire or emergency medical situation no matter if that's in a different city.

911 board responds to county executive's suggestions

Chairman: 'We all missed something, somewhere, and now we have to make the fixes'

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is calling for change in how all 911 calls for police help are handled in an effort to reduce call answer times and the time it takes to dispatch emergency crews to a scene.

Parisi calls for immediate changes to 911 system

Memo released Friday in response to News 3 investigation

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi wants smarter staffing decisions, better strategies and a suspension of how all 911 calls for police help are handled in an effort to "reduce call answer times" and the times it takes to dispatch emergency crews to a scene.

Thousands of 911 callers have ‘unacceptable' wait

911 director: "We hope we don't have problems that are really life threatening"

The Dane County 911 Center has failed to meet national standards over the last year for answering emergency calls quickly enough, and data from each of the last four quarters shows thousands of calls took longer than 40 seconds to answer, according to a News 3 investigation.