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Thursday, June 19, 2008

County Asks For Your Assistance

Efforts to make the public aware of problems Emergency Responders face daily in responding to emergency calls. In order for Emergency Responders to find you more efficiently, your house number should be clearly displayed.
County Ordinance Number 89-4
All dwellings should have house numbers posted that are visible from the main road or drive way. Numbers should be at least three (3) inches high and have reflective background.
Road and Bridge Superintendent, Al Green expresses a deep concern for the problems with vandalism, theft and destruction of these signs which could hinder emergency response or cause a fatal accident. Road and Bridge staff works diligently to replace missing signs in a very timely fashion once notified.
Parents, should you see any legal street, stop, yield, or RR sign(s) in your Child’s possession please drop the sign off at:
· E9-1-1 Business Office, 4447 Marion St. 850-718-0009 or
· Road & Bridge Dept, 2828 Owens St. 850 482-9629 no questions will be asked.
The Road and Bridge Department currently spends approximately $40,000.00 per year for safety devices and sign replacement.
FALSE 9-1-1 CALLS - Children Playing
Lieutenant of Communications, Tony Potter JCSO – There is problems with Children having access to unregulated cell telephones and repeatedly calling 9-1-1 as fun and game; this has become a major problem for the call takers.
Parents as you discard old telephones and perhaps decide to give them to your child as a toy - please understand even without services these telephones can still activate the 9-1-1 system.
From January 1 - May 31, 2008 call takers have answered 8,989 calls and (391) of those calls were from children playing
As 9-1-1 Coordinator I would like to make everyone aware of the penalties for making false 9-1-1 calls as found in Florida Statutes:
♦ 365.171 Emergency Telephone Number "911"
(16) False "911" Calls – Whoever accesses the number "911" for the purpose of making a false alarm or complaint or reporting false information which could result in the emergency response of any public safety agency is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree punishable as provided in S.775.82 or 775.83
♦ 775.083 Penalties
(d) $1000 when the conviction is a misdemeanor of the first degree

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