The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 5, 2001
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SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Fire / Endangering dther residences FROM PAGE A1 Siemsen repeats the question just a moment later, adding the fire is spreading and "endan- gpt:ing other i-esidences." [t's not until about 30 seconds later, when the dispatcher learns a home threatened by is within city limits that .the city fire department is dispatched. '.'Can the city help them?" an obyiously frustrated deputy is heard asking dispatchers just b.efqre the city is dispatched at 2:51 .p.m. — 10 minutes after the 911 call. Coming from a fire station just_about a mile away, city firefighters are on scene in two niituites — before rural firefighters have arrived from th.eir station about five miles away. Rural fire departments are staffed by volunteers who are-hot at the station, so response times are slower Address left out? ; On Friday, Hill and police Lt. Wiayjie Pruitt, who oversees the df^ratch center, addressed the ongoing investigation. In' late 1998, the homes at 1318,. 1414 and 1500 S. Mary- iiount were annexed into the city, Hill said. That would make KOO S. Mary mount the border Between city and county operations. f "There was information provided to the E-911 operation of Southwestern Bell showing 1318 and 1414 were in the city," IJill said. "1500 Marymount didn't get changed." Z-Sailine County Emergency Management Director Gail Aills would not confirm that claim, however. 7 "We're still checking, I don't Kno^ for sure," he said. 'the E-911 (or Enhanced-911) system was installed in Salina in 1991 and is widely used statewide. Before its installation, when someone dialed 911, dispatchers had available only the caller's phone number. With the E-911 system, dispatchers are privy to information such as the address, the name of the person the phone is registered to and the emergency services providers for that address. A printout of the dispatch screen shows the information dispatchers received was that rural fire district No. 5 was the correct responding unit to the fire at 1500 S. Marymount. "When there's an emergency, communications is very hectic," Hill said. "Dispatchers rely heavily on the E-911 screen to make a determination of where to send officers and who to send. "Anytime there's a question in the future, we're going to err on the side of caution." The fire has prompted a review of the communication center's checks and balances. Hill said. Deputy Chief Barry Plunkett is reviewing all annexations with the fire department and Southwestern Bell. Plunkett said he has not found any other discrepancies. This is the first time a problem has been reported in the system, Hill said. "Given its past history, the system works very well," Hill said, noting it has handled more than 200,000 calls since 1994. "We did find one error. One error in a system like this is one too many." • Reporter Kara Rhodes can- be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 167, or by e-mail at sjkrhodes® Prom / After the dance, it's bowling FROM PAGE A1 \ The students and their dates will meet at 5:30 at Great Bend High school to pick up their meal tickets. The prom is from 8 to midnight in the school's commons area. Great Bend and floisington faculty members will serve as chaperones. ! Three florists in Russell and (>ne in Ellsworth each are donating 25 corsages and 25 boutonnieres for the students to pin on their dates. • Four golf carts were donated, and foui: students will serve as Valets bicause the parking lot is half a block away Two disc iockeys have donated their services for the dance. Bakers have donated cakes, punch and pies that will be served by the Great Bend Pep Club. ' Those helpers and a few Great feend students who were asked to the prom as dates will attend. Mulch said, but no other Great Bend students will be allowed. : "It's not for them," Mulch said. "They're doing it for Hois- i'ngton." : Tlie American Red Cross |ave the students 175 teddy bears that are normally given tb children in a crisis. ; At midnight, the party moves to Walnut Bowl, where prom- goers can bowl for free and play games until 3 a.m. Other businesses donated food and drinks. • After-prom sponsors from other schools have sent leftover prizes to go along with those collected and purchased by the Hoisington Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter. Charles and London Reif, a science teacher at Hoisington High School, are the SADD sponsors. They and parent volunteers are bringing their equipment for the casino night, which had been planned for Hoisington's after-prom party Hoisington students earned their prom and party, Charles said, and they could use a respite from all of the destruction in their hometown. 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