Tag: Emergency Communications Advisory Board

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 […]

EMS removal from ECAB, sub-committee formation raise questions

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 […]

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 […]

Request for increased officer safety turns into dispatch funding discussion

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a January 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 […]

Vote on MDT software exposes schisms on 911 ECAB advisory board

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 […]

Issues with consolidated 911 dispatch discussed at City Commission meeting

The City Commission of Arkansas City took time during its meeting Jan. 17 to ask the chiefs of the Arkansas City Police and Fire-EMS departments about what they called “growing pains” at the Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center. At first, the two chiefs were reluctant to speak. “We need […]