Tag: Cowley County Emergency Communications

Fire-EMS department sees improved response times, dispatcher relations

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department has seen a marked improvement in its statistics year over year, according to a recently produced incident report. In particular, ACFD’s response times have been cut by 25 percent. These response times affect both funding levels and the insurance rates of city residents. The main […]

ACPD’s next outreach event to feature free snow cones, help from dispatch

The Arkansas City Police Department will co-host its next community outreach event with Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC) dispatchers. Although previous events have carried the theme of Coffee with a Cop, this one will take on more of a summer flavor with free snow cones for all who attend. From […]

Allison offers thoughts on possible dispatching changes, enhancements

Douglas Allison was named the new Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC) director June 6 at a Cowley County Commission meeting. Allison currently is serving as a sergeant with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. He has been employed by the sheriff’s office for almost 20 years, since his graduation from Cowley […]

Doug Allison named Cowley County Emergency Communications director

Douglas Allison was named the new Cowley County Emergency Communications director June 6 at the Cowley County Commission meeting. Allison is a sergeant with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office who unsuccessfully ran for sheriff last fall. He will replace Carl Fortner, who resigned in April. Check back later for more […]

Process for replacement of Fortner outlined; Florida investigation found

Cowley County will start the interview process soon for a new director of Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC). This position was left open when former director Carl Fortner resigned April 20. Interviews for his replacement will begin Monday, according to County Administrator Lucas Goff. CCEC and Fortner, who was hired […]

Registration open for Dexter BBQ 5K, 2-Mile Fun Run on July 8

The Dexter BBQ 5K and 2-Mile Fun Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. July 8. This event has many numerous local sponsors that help to make it happen. It is facilitated and run by Cowley County Emergency Management volunteer groups, and the funds raised are used to support those groups. […]

Fortner resigns as Cowley County Emergency Communications director

Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC) Director Carl Fortner no longer is employed by the county after he tendered his resignation Thursday, according to County Administrator Lucas Goff. “The Emergency Communications Department provides a valuable service for the citizens and response agencies of the communities, and Cowley County is dedicated to […]

HIPAA interpretation leads to incomplete information in police CAD calls

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a recent meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails, spanning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims […]

Disagreement over 911 control, ECAB raises federal compliance concerns

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a recent meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails, spanning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims […]

Response from Cowley Emergency Communications Director Carl Fortner

Cowley County Emergency Communications Director Carl Fortner recently responded, with online comments, to a pair of stories published in Ark City Daily Bytes. Because some readers might already have read the stories before he posted his comments, we decided to reprint them as a separate story so his concerns would […]