911 http://wesa.fm en Underfunded 9-1-1 Call Centers Will Wait Another Year For Surcharge Hike http://wesa.fm/post/underfunded-9-1-1-call-centers-will-wait-another-year-surcharge-hike <p>More than a year of negotiations has yielded little fruit when it comes to increasing the monthly phone line surcharge that funds 9-1-1 call centers in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Instead, the state Legislature will likely extend the existing surcharge for one year. Land line customers will continue to pay between $1.00-$1.50 each month, while wireless and VOIP customers will pay $1.00/month.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:03 +0000 Liz Reid 31014 at http://wesa.fm In Trouble? You Can Now Text 9-1-1 http://wesa.fm/post/trouble-you-can-now-text-9-1-1 <p>Being in an emergency situation is scary enough -- but what if you can’t even call 9-1-1?</p><p>Allegheny County Emergency Services is now taking that into account and is giving people the option to text.</p><p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Allegheny is one of the first counties in Pennsylvania to provide this option.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:58:52 +0000 Jessica Nath 29217 at http://wesa.fm In Trouble? You Can Now Text 9-1-1 As Technology Advances, 911 Centers Struggle to Keep Up http://wesa.fm/post/technology-advances-911-centers-struggle-keep <p>State lawmakers want Pennsylvanians to be able to contact 911 via Skype on their computers or Facetime on their smartphones, but they haven't figured out how to pay for it.<br><br>A hearing on Tuesday will bring county emergency responders into the mix as lawmakers discuss how to change the funding mechanisms for the statewide network of county-run 911 response centers.<br><br>Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware) said the scheduled end of one revenue source for the centers is prompting the evaluation of the overall funding model.<br> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:27:53 +0000 Mary Wilson 13916 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Signs Bill to Save 911 Centers http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-signs-bill-save-911-centers <p>Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed a bill that gives 911 systems across the state a one-year warning that they will no longer be able to turn to the state for all the funding they want.&nbsp;</p><p>House Bill 583, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester), provides for a one-year transition period to a system that will base disbursements on funds that have actually been collected through the 911 surcharge rather than simply fully funding all requests.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:02:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 11726 at http://wesa.fm