PRESS RELEASE – Fairbanks Implements Smart911 Network

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     February 26, 2013

 

Fairbanks Implements Smart911 Network – Citizens are Encouraged to Create a Safety Profile

 

The Fairbanks Community is the first in the state to implement the national safety database, Smart911, to improve 9-1-1 services for citizens.  In use in more than half of the states across the country, Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile of vital personal and household data, including household members and pets, photos, medications or medical conditions, immediately viewable by 9-1-1 call takers when a citizen places an emergency call.  This safety profile provides information and details that first responders need in order to save lives, and that may not otherwise be readily available during a crisis.

“Having this up to date information about individuals and households at the time of an emergency gives emergency responders a huge jumpstart in providing assistance to citizens,” said Stephanie Johnson, Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center Manager.  David Gibbs, Emergency Operations Director, also noted “In the unfortunate event our community experiences a disaster, this is the information that may save lives.”  Smart911 allows citizens to give specific directions to access residences, information about utility shut-off locations, and other crucial concerns.

Smart911 not only enhances communication with citizens, but also assists in locating callers.  According to the FCC, 70% of calls to 9-1-1 are from mobile devices with limited location information.  Smart911 allows citizens to associate their family’s mobile phones to home and work addresses and even specific family members which can assist with dispatching the appropriate response team to the right location quickly.

Smart911 is a free service available to all citizens and is 100% private and secure.  A Safety Profile can be created through the Smart911 website at www.Smart911.com.  Smart911 has the added benefit of being a National Safety Database, giving citizens the ability to have their information travel with them.  While they may create their profile in their hometown, if they dial 9-1-1 anywhere in the country where the Smart911 service is active, their profile will be available to 9-1-1 call takers.

Contact:        David Gibbs, Director, Emergency Operations, FNSB 907.459.1481

                          Stephanie Johnson, Dispatch Center Manager, City of Fairbanks 907.450.6507

 

 

 

Council Action Notice – 02/25/13

Click on the below link to view the Council Action Notice for the Regular City Council Meeting of February 25, 2013.

Action Notice 02-25-2013

City to Host Public Meeting on Senate Bill 23

On Wednesday, February 27th from noon to 1:30, the City of Fairbanks will host a meeting to discuss Senate Bill 23, the AIDEA development project financing for a Liquefied Natural gas (LNG) Production and Distribution System.  Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Development Commissioner Susan Bell and Alaska Energy Authority Deputy Director Gene Therriault will discuss the status of the legislation and how Fairbanks can participate in the process.  The meeting will take place in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 800 Cushman Street, Fairbanks.  For more information, contact the City Mayor’s Office at (907) 459-6793.

Council Meeting Agenda – 02/25/13

Click on the below link to download the Council Agenda for the Regular City Council Meeting of February 25, 2013.

Agenda Packet 02-25-2013

No Garbage Pick Up Monday February 18th

The City will be closed for President’s Day on Monday, February 18th.  If your regularly scheduled pick up day is Monday, next week please put your trash out on Tuesday the 19th by 7:00 a.m.  Crews will be working to cover twice the routes!  Thank you for your help.  If you have any questions, please call 459-6770.

Local Improvement District (LID) Information

Please click on the link below for information regarding the Proposed Local Improvement District (LID) for services.

http://www.fairbanksalaska.us/proposed-local-improvement-district-lid/

SNOW REMOVAL UPDATE:

Today snow plow crews will be removing snow from Doyon Estates, Mooreland Acres, Memorial Park, and begin removal at Weeks Field.  Next week Weeks Field will be completed and crews will continue through townsite and Graehl Landing, Slater, and Brandt Subdivision.  459-6770.

Council Action Notice – 02/04/13

The following link contains the Council Action from the Regular City Council Meeting of February 4, 2013.

Council Action Notice – 02/04/13

New Deputy Fire Marshal Kyle Green

The City of Fairbanks is pleased to announce that Kyle Green is the new Deputy Fire Marshal.  Kyle joined us on February 1st and brings a solid background in emergency services to include Fire Prevention, Public Safety Education, and Fire Operation and Administration.

Kyle will be responsible for the day to day operation of the Fire Prevention Division.  Deputy Fire Marshal Green can be contacted at 907.450.6614.

Welcome and congratulations, Kyle!

Officer McCumby Promoted to Sergeant

Officer Scott McCumby was promoted today to the rank of Sergeant with the Fairbanks Police Department.  Congratulations Sergeant McCumby!