By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer, Clanton Adveriser
Terra Scott has been named interim director of Chilton County E911. “I am honored that our board has allowed me to step into this position,” Scott said. “I hope to work well with our board and with our agencies and make everyone proud.”
She said the department has “absolutely outstanding employees, and I do want to make sure that they know that they are appreciated everyday.” Scott has worked for the department since 2007 when she started as a dispatcher.
TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and the Chilton County 911 District have partnered to provide motorists with accurate, real-time updates.
That partnership involves a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) program that shares information pertaining to road hazards. The Tuscaloosa RTMC then uses the information to post traffic updates for interstate and state routes on www.ALGOtraffic.com.
“Partnerships and sharing of information between organizations, agencies and industries is very important to the efficient operation of our transportation system,” said Nick Crane, ALDOT’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations Manager. “We hope this is just the beginning of what is to come and we thank Chilton County 911 for being one of our first partners in the exchange of critical information.”
To better assist the RTMC, the Chilton County 911 District has implemented a chat group through Google Hangout to allow quick and accurate communication between the two organizations.
“Utilizing the CAD viewer and Google Hangout eliminates multiple phone calls between the two agencies,” said Dan Wright, Chilton County 911 Director. “This promotes improved efficiency and effectiveness, and ultimately provides our citizens and visitors with real-time, accurate traffic information so they can plan their route accordingly.”
Motorists planning their travel route can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. ALDOT asks motorists to use ALGO Traffic responsibly. Drivers should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.
ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.
The Chilton County 911 District was recently named a recipient of an equipment grant from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Chilton County 911 was awarded a $23,344.40 grant to purchase interoperable 700 MHz digital radios.
The new radios will allow public safety agencies in Chilton County to communicate more effectively with neighboring counties, according to director Dan Wright.
This is a tremendous step forward in moving toward a public safety rated digital communications platform. Our neighboring jurisdictions are moving toward 700 MHz this will provide interoperability with them and resources statewide as needed. We thank ALEA for this opportunity and the review panel for our award. -- Dan Wright, 9-1-1 Director
It is with great honor that we announce that Chilton County E9-1-1 Assistant Director Terra Scott has completed 84 hours of training and has earned her Certification in Emergency Communication District Administration. This certification is offered through the Association of County Commissions of Alabama through the County Government Education Institute. (More info here: http://www.alabamacounties.org/education/county-employees/emergency-communication/)
This certification process consists of seven 12 hour courses each having its own exam to test knowledge gained in each course. To complete this certification subject matter covered included: Overview of County Government, Ethics of County Officials and Employees, Personnel Administration, Finance and Revenue, Fundamentals of Emergency Communication District Administration and two electives. Additional yearly training is required to maintain this certification, ensuring that the recipient stays current on Emergency Communication Administration.
“I am very proud of Terra and her accomplishment in earning this Certification. Her dedication to our agency and its staff is shown by her commitment to continually seeking educational opportunities. She works daily to ensure our staff receives the highest level of training possible and to ensure that human resource needs are met. It is imperative that we continually look for ways to operate more effectively and more efficiently, Terra has equipped herself with the knowledge to help us meet our goals.” Dan Wright, Director