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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Most of us take police, fire and emergency
dispatchers for granted, unless, of course, you have reason to call 911. At that
very moment, the dispatcher becomes the most important person in the world, and
your lifeline to safety and help
These public safety professionals are there for
the American public when needed most. They answer 9-1-1 calls and ensure that
callers receive professional and timely assistance and quickly get the help they
Telecommunicators Week began in California in
1981, and quickly grew to national recognition. In 1990, Congress designated the
second full week of each April as a time to remember the critical role that
dispatchers play in keeping us all safe.
The job of a Public Safety Dispatcher has
evolved considerably over the last half-century. The early days where an officer
or clerk might have simply answered the phone, relayed calls over a console
radio, and kept a paper log have given way to a highly technical, multi-tasking
environment that requires dispatchers to undergo extensive training and develop
a strong skill set.
Dispatchers are expected to handle whatever
calls for help come in, whenever they come in… whether it’s a major
emergency or a minor problem. They do this while providing simultaneous radio
exchanges with field units and tracking everything using multiple computer
The Bryan Police Department would like to thank not only our dispatchers but all emergency service dispatchers for the work you do.
As the severe weather season approaches, take
some time to make a safety plan for your family, friends, neighbors and
co-workers. Planning ahead will lower the chance of injury or death in the event
severe weather strikes.
Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms.
They are usually preceded by very heavy rain and/or large hail. A thunderstorm
accompanied by hail indicates that the storm has large amounts of energy and may
be severe. In general, the larger the hailstones, the more potential there is
for damaging winds and/or tornadoes.
The most violent tornadoes are capable of
tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths have
exceeded the width of one mile and 50 miles long. Tornadoes generally move from
southwest to northeast, but have also been recorded traveling in any direction.
The forward speed of a tornado varies from 30 mph to 70 mph.
Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally April
through July, and they usually occur between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Last year,
though, an EF1 tornado occurred in Fairfield County at 6 in the morning - which
proves that tornadoes can happen at any time, during any season.
Tornado Safety Tips
Whether practicing in a tornado drill or
sheltering during a warning, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness
encourages Ohioans to DUCK!
D - Go DOWN to the lowest level
U - Get UNDER something
C - COVER your head
K - KEEP in shelter until the storm
• Take responsibility for your safety and be
prepared before a watch or warning is issued. Meet with household members to
develop a disaster plan to respond to tornado watches and warnings. Conduct
regular tornado drills. When a tornado watch is issued, review your plan –
don't wait for the watch to become a warning. Learn how to turn off the water,
gas and electricity at the main switches.
• Despite Doppler radar, tornadoes can
sometimes occur without any warning, allowing very little time to act. It is
important to know the basics of tornado safety. Know the difference between
tornado watches and tornado warnings.
• Tune in to one of the following for weather
information: NOAA Weather Radio, local/cable television (Ohio News Network or
the Weather Channel), or local radio station.
• If you are a person with special needs,
register your name and address with your local emergency management agency,
police and fire departments before any natural or man-made disaster.
• NOAA Weather Radio has available an
alerting tool for people who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Some weather
radio receivers can be connected to an existing home security system, much the
same as a doorbell, smoke detector or other sensor. For additional information,
• The safest place to be during a tornado is
a basement. If the building has no basement or cellar, go to a small room (a
bathroom or closet) on the lowest level of the structure, away from windows and
as close to the center of the building as possible.
• Be aware of emergency shelter plans in
stores, offices and schools. If no specific shelter has been identified, move to
the building's lowest level. Try to avoid areas with large glass windows, large
rooms and wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or
• If you're outside or in mobile home, find
shelter immediately by going to the lowest level of a nearby sturdy building.
Sturdy buildings are the safest structures to be in when tornadoes threaten.
Winds from tornadoes can blow large objects, including cars and mobile homes,
hundreds of feet away.
• If you cannot quickly get to a shelter, get
into your vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the nearest sturdy
• If you experience flying debris while
driving, pull over and park. Choose to either stay in your vehicle, stay buckled
up, duck down below the windows and cover your head with your hands, or find a
depression or ditch, exit your vehicle and use your arms and hands to protect
your head. Never seek shelter under highway overpasses and bridges.
• Express Frustration. Taking out your
frustrations on your fellow motorists can lead to violence or a crash.
• Fail to Pay Attention when Driving.
Reading, eating, drinking or talking on the phone, can be a major cause of
• Tailgate. This is a major cause of crashes
that can result in serious deaths or injuries.
• Make Frequent Lane Changes. If you whip in
and out of lanes to advance ahead, you can be a danger to other motorists.
• Run Red Lights. Do not enter an
intersection on a yellow light. Remember flashing red lights should be treated
as a stop sign.
• Speed. Going faster than the posted speed
limit, being a “road racer” and going too fast for conditions are some
examples of speeding.
PLAN AHEAD. ALLOW YOURSELF EXTRA TIME.
• Concentrate. Don’t allow yourself to
become distracted by talking on your cellular phone, eating, drinking or putting
• Relax. Tune the radio to your favorite
relaxing music. Music can calm your nerves and help you to enjoy your time in
• Drive the Posted Speed Limit. Fewer crashes
occur when vehicles are travelling at or about the same speed.
• Identify Alternate Routes. Try mapping out
an alternate route. Even if it looks longer on paper, you may find it is less
. Public transportation can give you some
much-needed relief from life behind the wheel.
• Just be Late. If all else fails, just be
When Confronted by Aggressive Drivers
• Get Out of the Way. First and foremost make
every attempt to get out of their way.
• Put Your Pride Aside. Do not challenge them
by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
• Avoid Eye Contact. Eye contact can
sometimes enrage an aggressive driver.
• Gestures. Ignore gestures and refuse to
• Report Serious Aggressive Driving. You or a
passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 8, 2014) – Operation
Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) launched a new public service advertising (PSA)
campaign called See Tracks? Think Train! which aims to reduce
pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks by
highlighting behaviors that put people at risk. Launched with the help of the Federal
Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
and Association of American Railroads (AAR), the PSA campaign features
bilingual television, radio, print and billboard advertisements aimed at
educating drivers and pedestrians in the hopes of saving lives. “Every day
someone’s risky behavior around railroad tracks gets them injured or
killed,” said OLI President and CEO Joyce Rose. “Our goal with this campaign
is to make people think twice before doing something risky or unsafe. Ultimately
it’s all about educating people and saving lives.”
“In the last two years we have
experienced record-breaking safety performance along with dramatic reductions
over the last decade in the number of accidents and incidents in almost every
category measured, with the noted exceptions of highway-rail grade crossings and
trespassing incidents.” said Joseph C. Szabo, Federal Railroad
Administrator. “It is more important than ever that we educate the public
about the dangers of risky behavior around trains. Increased education,
enforcement and engineering can help reduce the number of rail-related
fatalities.” “Transit ridership on trains, light rail and streetcars,
are at their highest levels since the 1950s. That growth carries with it a
safety challenge, especially in this day and age of constant electronic
distraction,” said FTA Deputy Administrator Therese W. McMillan. “We
join in the chorus of voices urging people to be safe and alert whenever
you’re near a train track.” Preliminary FRA data show 908 pedestrians
were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks in 2013.
That’s up 7.7 percent from 843 pedestrians in 2012. Additionally, 1,193
people were injured or killed at railroad grade crossings, up 1.5 percent from
1,175 in 2012. OLI has compiled the latest state and other relevant FRA data
available here. OLI’s See Tracks? Think Train! campaign highlights common
risks drivers and pedestrians take each day, such as trying to beat a train at a
grade crossing and walking on railroad tracks. Pedestrians and drivers often do
not realize how dangerous it is to walk on or near railroad tracks, or how long
it takes the average freight train to stop, said Rose. In fact, it can take a
mile or more for a fully loaded train to come to a full stop, making it
difficult for engineers to avoid a collision even in an emergency situation.
Education and outreach is key to saving
lives, and the See Tracks? Think Train! PSAs will be supplemented with ongoing
education efforts of OLI’s 50-state network of volunteers who work with the
public through events at schools, with law enforcement, first responders,
professional drivers and community organizations.
“It’s up to all of us to raise
awareness about the dangers associated with taking risks near railroad
property,” Rose said. “My hope is that See Tracks? Think Train! causes
people to stay alert and make smart decisions when they are near a train.”
Men Hold Up Pizza shop,
flee with the dough
NEW YORK — Police in New
York City say thieves held up the owners of a pizzeria and then fled with a bag
of full dough – the kind that crusts are made of.
Police say Salvatore LaRosa
was charged with robbery after surrendering to police.
According to court papers,
LaRosa and an accomplice followed the owners of Brothers Pizzeria on Staten
Island. After donning masks, the papers say, they pointed guns and demanded the
men turn over a bag they believed held the day's proceeds.
But instead, the bag was full
of pizza dough.
LaRosa was released on $1
million bail on Monday. His attorney, James Froccaro, declined to comment.
Information from the New York
Garrett Eure, Jessie
Bryant Arrested After Leading Cops On Wild Canoe Chase
Two Florida fugitives who led
cops on a wild canoe chase may be really up the creek without a paddle.
Garrett Eure, 23, of
Gainesville, was wanted for failure to appear on an escape charge from an armed
burglary n Alachua County. His partner, Jessie Bryant, 23, of Fort Pierce, was
wanted in St. Lucie County on warrants for burglary, assault, and battery by
The two jumped in a canoe
with wooden paddles on Monday and went down the Withlacoochee River in Madison
County, Gainesville.com reported.
Officials first heard that
the suspects were holed up in the city of Lee, in a residence that belonged to
Cassandra Zabriskie, 21, CBS News reported.
When the officers arrived,
Eure and Bryant had escaped on foot to the river and got in the canoe, WCTV.com
Although the suspects kept
the cops at bay for five hours, eventually authorities took them into custody
with the help of a motorboat, Dumb As
A Blog reported.
Both Eure and Bryant were
arrested on their warrants while Zabriskie was arrested on charges of resisting
arrest, according to a release by the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
Zabriskie was released on
$540 bond on Monday night, but Bryant and Eure remained at the jail on no bond
and $100,000 bond respectively, Gainesville.com reported.
2013 Traffic Crashes for the
City Of Bryan
2014 Traffic Crashes for the City of Bryan