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Dallas Township discusses emergency services issues

February 16. 2013 2:48PM
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DALLAS TWP. – Emergency Management Agency coordinator Alan Pugh told supervisors at their Tuesday work session that both the Dallas and Kunkle fire departments held a tabletop drill with the Williams Gas Co., which simulated an emergency at a natural gas site.

He said Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson is also trying to organize a tabletop drill with the school district to anticipate any shortcomings that may

Supervisors also discussed what would be the best way to notify residents during the event of an emergency. Supervisor Liz Martin said she has tested that via the township website newsletter.

She said most residents have asked to be notified via email, and only two people had asked for the newsletter via mail. Martin said she will see if the trends change at all with the next newsletter, but she believes the best way to communicate with other residents would be electronically.

The county has a system available to the township to alert residents electronically of emergencies at no cost, Pugh said. He said a cost to add phone numbers could be incurred at a later date.

Pugh also spoke to the supervisors about possible alternate access ways to the school district near the football stadium that would allow emergency vehicles to get onto the campus.

Martin said school officials would participate in maintaining the roadways but had asked whether the township could get the roads approved for emergency access purposes.

Solicitor Thomas Brennan said there are many issues to consider, such as whether those roads are owned by the township, how much work would be required to open the roads and other factors.

Police Chief Robert Jolley presented the supervisors with information about purchasing two computerized mobile dispatch systems for the department.

He said these systems, which are already in place in local emergency service vehicles, enable officers to receive 911 call information in real time, access to various databases from anywhere and contact with other police departments throughout the country and abroad.

Jolley said the county upgraded to a new, computer-aided dispatch system, and several licenses were purchased for the data to be shared among other police departments.

The township has an opportunity to utilize the licenses at no cost. He said otherwise the licenses cost $1,800 per unit.

Jolley said the hardware would cost $7,790 to install the equipment into police vehicles.

He also said the equipment could be moved to different vehicles if needed.

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