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 on: Today at 12:07:22 PM 
Started by BigRedDog - Last post by BigRedDog
Politicians have all lost credibaility.  I can envision their thought process now. 
Lets put the $2 fee on every phone and buy our new equipment.  Then when that's done we'll have more monety to do other stuff that will get us more votes.
Have they laid out how many 911 calls they've had where the person suffered serious harm or death because they couldn't find them. 
Of course they haven't..


I have no idea if they keep those figures or not.  My thought would be there might be a potential liability issue if they shared those kinds of figures.

I do know this.  I listen to the scanner a lot and there is not a fire department in this county that doesn't waste time and put extra miles on their vehicles looking for all kinds of incidents and especially up and down the freeways.  Some people have no idea where they are when calling in to report something.  Sometimes they're 10 miles away.  This system should help with that at least some. 

We got toned out one night for a crash on 75.  We responded and drove from Otter Creek down to Luna Pier road and across and back up to Laplaisance road and across and back down to Otter Creek.  No sign of the reported crash anywhere.  About that time central was toning out Summerfield for a crash on 23.  That was the same crash...   just on a different freeway 20 miles away!!! 

Again, this new system would have caught that instantly. 

People up north are on combined 23-75 north of Flint and when they take the split at Flint don't even realize that it's not 75 they're driving on. 

The IRS gives you credit for operating your personal vehicle at $.535 per mile.  What do you suppose it costs to operate a fire truck or a rescue squad per mile.  What does it cost (inderectly) to get a half a dozen responders out of bed at 3:30 am? 

I see potential major savings on equipment and personnel once this system is implemented.  That 'may' allow for a reduction or at least fewer future increases in ad valorem property taxes in our area. 

You've heard before that sometimes you have to spend money to save money.  This is one of those cases in my opinion...

what a deal...

save lives and money ;) ;) ;)

One interesting twist is that we've been paying for this technology to be built into our phones for a long time already but it's not able to be used at our local level. 

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 on: Today at 11:01:00 AM 
Started by BigRedDog - Last post by blue2
Politicians have all lost credibaility.  I can envision their thought process now. 
Lets put the $2 fee on every phone and buy our new equipment.  Then when that's done we'll have more monety to do other stuff that will get us more votes.
Have they laid out how many 911 calls they've had where the person suffered serious harm or death because they couldn't find them. 
Of course they haven't..

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 on: Today at 10:58:18 AM 
Started by BigRedDog - Last post by BigRedDog
More on changes to Toledo's water dashboard reports.

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Changes-coming-to-Toledos-water-quality-dashboard-488132091.html

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 on: Today at 10:57:10 AM 
Started by eriemermaid - Last post by BigRedDog
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Details of why the Reyome pickup left the road were not released, but Nichols said alcohol did not appear to be a factor. Nichols said two passengers in the truck who fled the scene at the time of the accident were tracked down the next day by Monroe County sheriff’s deputies. The two passengers were questioned, but Nichols said charges have not been filed against them. He said the investigation is continuing.


More at:

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180715/driver-charged-in-crash-that-killed-two-teens-in-bedford-township

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 on: Today at 10:47:26 AM 
Started by Frenchfry - Last post by BigRedDog
Here's the photo our friends sent us of the straits and the fog yesterday.  I did zoom it in and crop out kids swimming in Lake Huron.

Up close is the Enbridge service dock that I visited last fall and talked to the security guard.  Looks like there's a big crane on a barge tied up at their dock.

Behind that is the historic ice breaker Mackinaw (or is it Mackinac?).  Then the fog completely shrouding the lower part of the bridge.  This photo was taken around 4:30 yesterday and the bridge authority one above was in the morning.  The fog had not only stayed around all day it appears to have even gotten worse. 


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 on: Today at 10:40:52 AM 
Started by BigRedDog - Last post by BigRedDog
I just don't like the idea of governments always looking to raise taxes and fees when they want something new. 
They never leave me with the feeling that they review their processes and try to eliminate things they don't need anymore.
And aren't we paying another fee on our phones to provide free cell phones to every family memmber in the hood?

Those are all good points (as are NM's) and there is certainly some concerns with all of them.  Those concerns have been going on for decades and I really haven't seem much improvement. 

But don't let those issues cloud this particular issue. 

Will this improvement help first responders save more lives?

I haven't seen anyone argue that it will not.

Is it too expensive?

MN has a valid question why there is not a bigger drop if in fact the system will be paid for in 2 years.  Maybe we can get some feedback on that question.

Like everything else in life we need to look at the details...

way too much use today of the words everyone and no one, everything and nothing, etc.  Take a little time to do some research.

This issue happens to be one I am already familiar with plus I have personally seen how fast it allows responders to get to the victim.

When our son got hit all he really knew was that he had been walking on the shoulder of a road 'north' of Bowling Green.  He could not tell the operator the name of the road or how far he had gone. 

She was able to home in on his phone (not get an 'about' location from triangulating 3 cell towers or just know where the closest cell tower is which is what Monroe County currently has I believe). 

Within seconds he could hear sirens and within a couple of minutes the ambulance drove up and stopped just a few feet from him.  He had been knocked far enough off the road and out in a field that the ambulance easily could have missed him the first time by.  He had critical injuries and they originally were going to lifelflight him to Toledo but decided to stabilize him down in BG and then transported him to Toledo via an ambulance.  He ended up staying in ICU for three days plus a few more in the hospital. 

This new smart system will help with 911 calls each and every day. 

And it just may your life or the life of a loved one that it saves.

Not sure how anyone can argue that this isn't worth $2 a month!!!

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 on: Today at 10:11:44 AM 
Started by Professor H - Last post by BigRedDog
Harbor Freight is ALWAYS having a "REALLY BIG BLOWOUT SALE" :D

I wonder if they'll have a 'prices going up' sale when tariffs start impacting prices?

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 on: Today at 10:08:45 AM 
Started by Professor H - Last post by ytrewq
Harbor Freight is ALWAYS having a "REALLY BIG BLOWOUT SALE" :D

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 on: Today at 10:02:22 AM 
Started by BigRedDog - Last post by BigRedDog
Everything in Lake Erie is growing faster because the surface water temperature is above normal already.


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 on: Today at 09:59:19 AM 
Started by eriemermaid - Last post by BigRedDog
The trial starts this morning for the MSU basketball assistant that crashed into the woman and little girl last year on 23. 

Looks like his defense is claiming another driver contributed to the crash...

will be interesting to see if that is enough of a defense.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180716/texting-driving-trial-to-begin-for-msu-coach

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