PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: The next BRETSA (Boulder Regional Telephone Service Authority) meeting is November 18 at 9:00 am and is held at the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, 5600 Flatirons Parkway in Boulder. The November agenda item is the CAD Software update.
The Longmont Emergency Communication Center (LECC) is the public safety answering point for the City of Longmont. All 911 calls and a myriad of other emergency and non-emergency calls are routed to the LECC for processing. Our highly trained Communications Specialists prioritize all calls as requests for emergency, urgent and less critical calls for service. They identify the best resource for police, fire, and the ambulance to resolve each incident and route the information appropriately 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. LECC now has the capability of handling text to 9-1-1 calls (Call If You Can. Text If You Must).
The LECC staff are certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers, a program with which the Communications Specialist can provide immediate "over the phone" professional medical coaching to victims and their families prior to the arrival of fire and ambulance paramedic/EMT personnel. The Communications Specialists are trained to gather critical information from citizens who may be experiencing the most traumatic times of the lives and who are often confused, angry, and may not be rational. The Communication Specialists are the first contact for citizens during times of crisis and emergency. In many instances, the Communication Specialists can utilize their training to provide immediate assistance to callers without sending field units or by referring callers to other resource.
The Longmont Emergency Communications Center is budgeted for 18 full-time Communication Specialists, three supervisors, one Technical Systems Administrators and one manager. The LECC is equipped with TDD capability to serve the hearing impaired. The TDD number is (303) 772-1478.
WHEN SHOULD YOU DIAL 9-1-1?
9-1-1 is the phone number that should be dialed whenever police, fire or ambulance services are needed for an EMERGENCY. When you dial 9-1-1 from your landline phone from a fixed location in your home, your address and phone number will show up on the phone screen in the dispatch center. Dialing 9-1-1 is used when someone is hurt or in danger, or if you are in immediate need of police, fire or medical assistance.
WHAT IF I DIAL 9-1-1 BY MISTAKE?
DO NOT HANG UP! You may have called 9-1-1 by accident, or your situation may have resolved itself, but it is important to let the 9-1-1 operator know this. The dispatchers are going to assume that something has gone very wrong and will either call you back or send help anyway. This is particularly important if you dial from a business phone with several phone lines. Anytime the dispatcher receives a 9-1-1 "hang-up" the caller must be contacted to be sure that no actual emergency exists. If your business has dozens of phone lines, it may be impossible for the dispatcher to determine who, if anyone, needs help, and an officer must then be dispatched to the address.
WHEN CALLING 9-1-1 FROM A CELL PHONE
Know your location when calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone. Cell phones CAN NOT CURRENTLY provide the communications center your exact location. Have your address ready, or use landmarks, mile markers and road signs to describe where you are. Cell phones do not always direct you to the proper agency either. If this happens, remain patient and wait for the call taker to transfer you. Please know the cell phone number you are calling from, the communications center may need to contact you if the connection is lost.
DON'T LET KIDS PLAY WITH OLD CELL PHONES
Many people do not know this, but the law mandates that even old, deactivated cell phones with no associated service plans must still be able to call 9-1-1. An old cell phone may seem to be the perfect free toy, but giving your seemingly useless device to a youngster may lead to problems. So, if you want to turn that old phone into a play thing, be sure to remove the battery before turning it over to your inquisitive youngster.
WHAT ABOUT SENDING TEXT MESSAGES?
At this time text messages can be sent to 9-1-1 in Longmont.
HOW DO I RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS IF I DON'T HAVE A LAND-LINE PHONE ASSOCIATED WITH A FIXED ADDRESS SUCH AS MY HOME?
Register to receive emergency notification messages on your cell phone, Internet phone, email, text message or fax.
Kristine Mason is the Longmont Emergency Communications Center Manager. She can be reached by email or by phone at (303) 651-8560.
The Longmont Emergency Communications Center reports to the Deputy Chief of Police Services (Jeff Satur) and to the Deputy Chief of Fire Services (Jerrod Vanlandingham). DC Satur can be reached by email or by phone at (303) 651-8519. DC Vanlandingham can be reached by email or by phone (303) 651-8830.
Longmont Emergency Communications Center . Manager Kristine Mason . (303) 651-8560