E-911 district beefs up training facilities
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — A new area at the St. Mary Parish 911 Communications District’s Morgan City office is ready for use for various training and demonstrations.
E-911 Communication District Director Charlette Angeron told board members during Wednesday’s meeting that the facility is equipped with projector and DVD capabilities and will be used for training of new employees and continuing education of current employees.
Students from Health Occupation classes at Berwick, Patterson and Morgan City high schools will use the room to listen to mock 911 calls when they visit the center, too.
“We’re pretty proud of what we’re doing in the training department,” Angeron told board members.
Angeron also reported that the communications district is putting all of its files on computers, which has enabled them to shred more than 1,600 pounds of documents from 1990 to 2005.
The district also has purchased a laptop and mapping software that will help them document addresses in St. Mary Parish more efficiently. Angeron said the idea is for the laptop to be taken out in the field when documenting addresses, and the mapping information will be available on site via computer, hopefully eliminating extra steps that are required now in the task.
In other news, the board:
—Learned that the E-911 administration is applying for a permit to install magnetic locks on the facility’s front door, which will enable a keypad entry. Angeron said the work will be completed by GT Services, hopefully in 30 to 60 days.
—Learned from Angeron that the 30 day free trial of the E-dispatch system is being tested by the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department and that other fire departments have expressed an interest in trying out the equipment. Board member and Amelia Volunteer Fire Chief Carl McAllister said his department would be trying it out, too. Angeron said she hoped to have some information on how the program is working by next month’s meeting.
—Learned that 911 has welcomed back former employee Cindy Viola as a part-time operator. Viola, who replaces operator Lori Beadle, currently is undergoing training.
—Welcomed new 911 board member, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Det. Artis Jackson. Jackson replaces Maj. Steve Veal as the sheriff’s representative.
—Approved its income and expense statements for August.
—Learned that E-911 will be participating in St. Mary Parish Red Ribbon Week activities again with a puppet stage and presentation.
Board member Gerald Minor was absent from Wednesday’s meeting.