Carl Webb, with Sweet Springs ambulance, addressed the Saline County 911 Commission at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Webb stated the Sweet Springs ambulance crew didn't have access to their radio due to a power failure. There is a generator to power the antennae, but Webb said he doesn't have access to the generator to start it.
He proposed buying a tower and a generator and moving the antennae to the ambulance building.
The issue was tabled for the board to look into.
Director Stacie Smith gave the director's report. A group interested in creating a county wide center in Lynn County will be touring the Saline County E911 center on Tuesday, March 13. There were 100 visitors in January.
"Total calls handled for January were up 1,075 from the previous month, the percentage of the landlines went down 2.1 percent," Smith said. "Of course, the cell phone and wireless is still going up. It didn't go up a lot, just .1 percent. And our VoIP also went down ... about .1 percent."
VoIP calls are made over an Internet network.
Smith also said Saline County E911 created a geo PDF for the Enbridge pipeline because they needed all the roadway crossings in the county.
"The EOC (emergency operations center) was activated twice during the last two storms," Smith said. "It went very well. Both the city of Marshall EMA and Saline County EMA (emergency management agency) person were here."
Tony Day is the EMA director for Marshall and Russ Donnell is the EMA director for the county and Smith said they both moved into an office in the building.
"When we need to activate the EOC, we don't have people bringing files from everywhere," Smith said. "It's been pretty nice."
Chairmen John Fletcher, Vice Chairman Jesse Coslet, Treasurer Cathie Jeffries and board members Levi Dennis and Gene Griffith were in attendance.
The minutes of the Jan. 17, meeting and the financial report were approved.
There will be a special meeting on Wednesday, March 6. The next regular meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
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