Tag: Cowley County Emergency Management

Amateur Radio Field Day event to span June 24-25 at Lions Club Park

The 2017 Amateur Radio Field Day will start at noon June 24. The event will last into June 25. The ham radio open house is held every June in Cowley County. At the same time, an estimated 40,000 hams nationwide set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friction seen in disputes between county, rural fire over call sign, pagers

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, spinning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims […]

Five Amateur Radio License classes offered in March by Cowley County

A class that teaches individuals how to obtain an entry-level Amateur Radio License will begin March 2. The class will be held over the course of five weeks. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through March 30. Classes will be held in the emergency operations center in […]

Cowley County Emergency Communications loses AT&T service for 911

Cowley County emergency calls were routed through Reno County for several hours on Jan. 13 as AT&T personnel worked to determine the cause of a telephone outage in the local 911 system. The problem was corrected later that day. The City of Arkansas City first became aware of the problem […]