No More Waiting: Bill Would Connect Emergency Callers Immediately
911 operators will directly transfer callers instead of putting them on hold under a bill moving through the senate. The measure follows a report from the Parkland Commission.
“This was one of the number one reasons kids weren’t communicated with in this tragedy and one of the biggest lapses I think,” says Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation). She is referencing the communication confusion in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. It’s a major concern to the Parkland Commission and Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) took notice.
“When you called 911, you weren’t getting the 911 for the local police department that oversaw parkland and so they were having to transfer calls to the other 911 operator and couldn’t directly speak to law enforcement which delayed the response,” says Brandes. He’s the bill’s sponsor. “They got to be able to immediately get on the phone call on the radio and interact with that local law enforcement agency.”
The bill is heading for a full floor discussion.