How to Avoid the Polar Vortex of Temperature in Your Comm Center

Posted by Megan Yartz on Feb 28, 2019 10:38:38 AM

Climate Control XybixWhile driving through the frigid, negative degree temperatures in Canada two weeks ago (and yes, I’m talking Fahrenheit!), the first thought that came to mind is, “How in the WORLD do these dispatchers regulate the temperatures in their centers with these out-of-this-world temperatures?” Then,
I thought of all of the southern parts of the US that get into triple digit heat during the summer months, wondered how they prevent having their center too cold.

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Morale, Communications Center, Climate Control

Back It Up - Console Furniture Ideas For Your PSAP Backup Center

Posted by Maria Teruel on Feb 22, 2019 3:38:49 PM

 

Backing Up Your PSAP Console Furniture IdeasWith winter winding down, we tend to go through our closets and get rid of the clutter. What better place to start dusting than your own 911 backup center. You know, that room that hardly ever gets some love!

As much as technology has advanced, there is still a small chance of failure and the need to work out of your backup site. Alternatively, there could be inclement weather that might force you to go to a different location. Many PSAPs are revamping their backup center to mirror their primary location in the event of an emergency. Some are also utilizing the space as a training facility. Given the increased use, more Comm Centers are asking about solutions for their backup site. Here are a few recommendations to revamp your backup site and have it prepped for any emergency:

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Topics: PSAP Workstation Furniture, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning, Communications Center

KISS - Simple Electrical Tips for Powering New 911 Workstations

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 14, 2019 3:54:09 PM

Valentines Day Love GIF by Evan M CohenA question we often hear is, "do we have enough power for the new workstations?".  This question can actually be split into two categories:  Live cut over and new building.

New buildings are pretty easy as the architect and the electrical engineer should have already specified enough power after consulting with the radio vendor, phone, and used best practices.   

A Live Cut Over is usually pretty simple but some knowledge base of what works will make the installation of your new furniture workstations go better. Here is some simple electrical information that you'll find helpful.

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Topics: Electric Requirements

Budgeting & Costs Associated with Console Furniture - Make Sure You Don't Get Fed To The Sharks!

Posted by Ken Carson on Feb 1, 2019 4:57:23 PM

hustling shark tank GIFIf you are in the beginning of shopping for new dispatch console furniture in your 911 center a great first question is, how much do they cost?  After all, you will need to plan a budget about a year in advance and get the most accurate pricing. If you don't budget enough, you may not be able to get all of the features and options you want. If you ask for too much you may not get the project approved.   

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Price, Dispatch Consoles, Warranty, Value, Features, Cost

The Best Dispatch Console Furniture Resources of 2018 and Beyond

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jan 15, 2019 11:36:47 AM

The Best Dispatch Console Furniture Resources of 2018 and BeyondThe Latest Trends & Buying Information

Preparing to buy dispatch console furniture can be an extremely daunting project. These resources can help  you with current industry trends and will help you with what you need to know before you buy.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Price, Pre-Installation, Dispatch Consoles, Warranty, Value, Workstation Planning, Customer Service, Due Diligence, Durability, Communications Center, Resources

The Best Long-Term ROI for your Dispatch Furniture Consoles

Posted by Ken Carson on Jan 4, 2019 4:13:11 PM

Good Investment - Dispatch FurnitureIf you're getting ready to purchase Dispatch Console Furniture, you will want to know that you are getting the best value or return on your investment (ROI). This is critical information for your your team and your taxpayers. Here is a quick guide on what to look for to make sure you are getting the most ROI for your dispatch consoles. 

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Purchasing, Warranty, Value, Test Results, Due Diligence, Durability

Prepare For Your Next Dispatch Furniture Update: Make It a Success

Posted by Maria Teruel on Dec 11, 2018 9:46:21 AM
Are You Ready for Your Next Dispatch Furniture Update?

Purchasing dispatch furniture is not an easy task, which is probably why it only happens every 10-15 years. There are a lot of steps and parties involved, from radio vendors to flooring teams, it’s not exactly like trip to IKEA! 

When you’re about to request your purchase order, it’s tempting to let your foot off the gas pedal because it feels like you’ve done all the hard stuff. Many Comm Center Managers will agree, you’re only just getting your engines started. 

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Purchasing, Monitors, Installation, Design, Pre-Installation, Workstation Planning, space planning

No, not a 911 Emergency! HELP I Have a Pie Emergency!

Posted by Susanne Lottie on Nov 19, 2018 3:17:07 PM

PiePicture this, it's two days before the Holidays and your Mother-in-law, relative, someone you want to impress, calls to say you are on "Pie Duty" (and no store bought pie will do)! WHAT? You’ve NEVER baked anything in your life, let alone a holiday PIE! For the entire family! And of course, the Great American Bake Show doesn't have an apple pie episode you can YouTube. This is an emergency! What do you do?

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Topics: Human Interest, Recipes

Your Timeline Infographic to Purchasing Dispatch Furniture

Posted by Kanesha Patrick-Robinson on Nov 7, 2018 3:46:43 PM

Dispatch Furniture InfographicPeople often come to us when they aren’t sure how long it will take to get new dispatch furniture. Having a timeline and knowing approximate dates can help make the process smooth from beginning to end. Having a timeline can also help to eliminate the guessing game of when to start looking for furniture and/or when to start asking your county for money or possibly preparing your agency’s budget for the next fiscal year.

Another great way a timeline can eliminate the stresses of getting new dispatch furniture is to help you work backwards. Let’s say your project HAS to be completed by a certain date.  With a timeline in place, you can let your purchasing department know that if they drag their feet on things like a PO, then it's possible the whole project could be delayed. Or maybe you are planning to go “live” in your new building on a specific date, this would mean that you'd need to have a signed PO by a minimum 10 weeks prior to "go live" date.

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Purchasing, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning, Due Diligence, Communications Center

One of the Spookiest Decisions for a 911 Dispatch Manager - New Comm Center Furniture!

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Oct 31, 2018 1:02:35 PM

hocus pocus halloween GIFIt's HALLOWEEN and probably one of my favorite holidays!! So, that got me thinking what would be spooky or maybe a bit scary for a 911 dispatch manager or supervision….? The type of scary I'm talking about is a huge decision, that will have an impact on the Comm Center, or a legacy that will be left and how this type of a decision would effect the Center for years to come (maybe even after you retire). That sounds pretty scary and intimidating to me. So what type of decision am I talking about? Just like the in those scary movies, (I only like them one time a year), the ever-elusive masked killer is running through the house with a butcher knife, it finally came to me… the decision to purchase Comm Center dispatch furniture…. dun…dun…dun!

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Workstation Planning, Morale, room layout, Communications Center