PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - First responders rely heavily on accurate and timely communications to insure they respond appropriately to any situation they encounter. Now the state of Florida has taken steps to make that happens.
As a result of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission's recommendations, the Florida legislature mandated that all county public safety answering points be able to notify all first responders in their county at once in cases of extreme emergencies.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office is responsible for coordinating the training and implementation of this emergency protocol and Panama City Commission voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the BCSO for the implementation of the county wide system.
"It gives us the ability to press one button if we receive the call at Panama City or if the Sheriff's Office receives the call to press one button to go live over every public safety radio at one time to get that information out immediately," Panama City Police Chief Scott Erwin said.
The Florida statute requires that the system must be active by January 1, 2020.
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