This Is Only a Test 10/23/18 10/23/18 11:26:49 AM
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Stan Shearer, a mobile network engineer with the Omaha Fire Department, runs a demonstration of a new fire alert system at Fire Station No. 21 last Thursday. For more photos, see Page 3. (Photo by Scott Stewart)
This Is Only a Test
The City of Omaha and Douglas County hopes a new fire alert system now installed in all Omaha fire stations will improve response time and make the job easier for firefighters.
A demonstration was held last Thursday afternoon at Omaha Fire Station No. 21, located across from the Butler Gast YMCA near Omaha North High School, during a meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners’ Administrative Services Committee.
“This is truly an alerting system that will take us into the 21st century,” said Steve LeClair, president of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association. “This is going to save lives. It is going to improve response times.”
The new alert system was funded through a $45 million public safety bond that voters approved in 2016. The system cost about $2.5 million, with $2 million from the bond and the remainder from city funds. Officials estimate the new system will remain in place for about a decade.
“It is better, smarter and safer for all of us because we worked together,”
Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh said. “This is really an example of how our government works at its best.”
New Fire System For Better Safety
Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh (left) and Stan Shearer, a mobile network engineer with the Omaha Fire Department, watch a demonstration of a new fire alert system at Fire Station No. 21 last Thursday.
Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen (left) listens as Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert praises a partnership with Douglas County to purchase a new fire alert system for Omaha fire stations during an Administrative Services Committee meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners at Fire Station No. 21 near Omaha North High School last Thursday.
(Photos by Scott Stewart)