FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – There are critical concerns over the 911 system in one South Florida county, nevertheless it’s not what one sheriff wished to listen to.
A tense alternate between Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony and Commissioner Mark Bogen befell Tuesday afternoon over methods to repair the regional communication middle, additionally identified to most as 911.
“Commissioner, you gave me 15 questions. Do you want me to start answering them now?” stated Tony.
“No, you’re gonna wait until I’m done, and then you’re gonna be respectful,” responded Bogen.
“I’ll be respectful when you’re respectful. You’re also gonna be respectful,” stated Tony.
The county stated it’s understaffed, underpaid and overworked. They agreed on that however not what to do now.
“How many doors have you kicked down?” stated Tony to Bogen. “How many lives have you saved? How many times have you had to extract somebody from a burning building or put your [expletive] on the line when someone is getting shot at?”
When 911 doesn’t work, tragedy can strike. For a Deerfield Beach household, it was when child Keishawn stopped respiratory throughout a nap. They known as 911. Unfortunately, the infant didn’t survive.
“All it’s doing is ringing, ringing, ringing. I had like over five people calling the police at one time,” stated Keishawn’s father, additionally named Keishawn.
In Hollywood, Judith Garwood’s house burned to the bottom when she couldn’t get assistance on the cellphone.
“Oh, my God, what is going on here? 911 doesn’t answer?” stated Garwood.
The sheriff stated they should hire extra dispatchers and pay them extra. He desires $11 million for wage will increase, $314,000 for recruitment and $17 million extra to carry all of them beneath one roof.
Bogen stated extra money is a mistake.
“I think I can solve your problem,” stated Bogen to Tony. “I have an ego. I can solve your problem in six months.”
“Well, the people can vote you in office and serve as sheriff, and then you can answer the problem,” stated Tony.
For the household who lost a child and the lady who lost her house, it’s too late.
Tony stated whereas they attempt to kind it out, he asks to not decide all the system on just some calls.
“One call where it’s not handled up to the standards that we would like, maybe it’s not fast enough, maybe there’s dropped calls, and we’re having a repeat to make these calls, does not diminish the fact that we answer 2.6 million calls for service,” stated Tony.
The long run answer? It could possibly be be some time till they determine it out.
As for brief time period, it appears to be like like the subsequent fee meeting they are going to present just below $5 million to provide some raises in the approaching months.
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