FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – There are critical issues over the 911 machine in a single South Florida county, however it’s now not what one sheriff sought after to listen to.
A anxious trade between Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony and Commissioner Mark Bogen happened Tuesday afternoon over repair the regional communique middle, additionally identified to maximum as 911.
“Commissioner, you gave me 15 questions. Do you need me to start out answering them now?” stated Tony.
“No, you’re gonna wait till I’m performed, and you then’re gonna be respectful,” answered Bogen.
“I’ll be respectful while you’re respectful. You’re additionally gonna be respectful,” stated Tony.
The county stated it’s understaffed, underpaid and overworked. They agreed on that however now not what to do now.
“What number of doorways have you ever kicked down?” stated Tony to Bogen. “What number of lives have you ever stored? How repeatedly have you ever needed to extract someone from a burning development or put your [expletive] at the line when anyone is getting shot at?”
When 911 doesn’t paintings, tragedy can strike. For a Deerfield Seaside circle of relatives, it used to be when child Keishawn stopped respiring right through a snooze. They referred to as 911. Sadly, the newborn didn’t live on.
“All it’s doing is ringing, ringing, ringing. I had like over 5 folks 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 lend a hand at the telephone.
“Oh, my God, what’s going on right here? 911 doesn’t resolution?” stated Garwood.
The sheriff stated they wish to rent extra dispatchers and pay them extra. He needs $11 million for wage will increase, $314,000 for recruitment and $17 million extra to convey all of them beneath one roof.
Bogen stated extra money is a mistake.
“I feel I will be able to resolve your drawback,” stated Bogen to Tony. “I’ve an ego. I will be able to resolve your drawback in six months.”
“Neatly, the folk can vote you in workplace and function sheriff, after which you’ll be able to resolution the issue,” stated Tony.
For the circle of relatives who misplaced a child and the lady who misplaced her house, it’s too past due.
Tony stated whilst they are trying to type it out, he asks now not to pass judgement on all of the machine on only a few calls.
“One name the place it’s now not treated as much as the criteria that we would really like, perhaps it’s now not rapid sufficient, perhaps there’s dropped calls, and we’re having a repeat to make those calls, does now not diminish the truth that we resolution 2.6 million requires provider,” stated Tony.
The longer term resolution? It might be be some time till they determine it out.
As for brief time period, it seems like the following fee assembly they are going to supply just below $5 million to present some raises within the coming months.
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