“It’s a good report. We’re very happy in issuing that report. There are no significant findings. … Personnel costs and communications equipment and labor are the district’s two major expenditures. Salaries and benefits were $15,000 to $20,000 lower from previous years,” Taylor said.
The advisory council authorized the communications district to sell their surplus equipment. E-911 has CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, computer speakers, copiers, battery backups, tape recorder, electric heaters, time clocks, chairs and other items that will be open for bidding.
Communications District Director Charlette Angeron requested information about eDispatches, which is an emergency dispatch notification service based in New Jersey. In south Louisiana, the communications district in Vermilion Parish is a customer.
“I am more comfortable with this because I can talk to people who are using this service and are happy with it,” Angeron said.
This system will be able to text message emergency personnel such as firefighters on their cell phones when there is an emergency.
The company offers a 30-day free trial, and their one-time setup fee is $199. Plans range from $79 to $1,188 a month to utilize the service. Also, there is no equipment to purchase with this service.
According to Angeron, all the employees at E-911 are certified in call-taking communications; and in the next two months, all employees will be certified in fire communications.
Representatives from E-911 attended the Fire Association meeting in May and attended the water safety program at Lake End Park this month.
In other news from Wednesday’s meeting:
—No problems from high water; all emergency protocols have been in place.
—An intergovernmental agreement needs to be signed with Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department.
—An employee attended a workplace violence intervention course and is preparing a computer slideshow presentation.