By: Diane Benjamin
Since the City of Bloomington wants taxpayers to fund another fire station to lower the response times, and taxpayers have already been charged for an additional ambulance crew, here’s another idea:
Return to METCOM!
I don’t know how calls are routed if a citizen dials 911. I do know I dialed 911 last spring when I came on a bad accident in the country. The operator had trouble figuring out where the accident was, but finally transferred me to METCOM. I’m assuming I got the Bloomington dispatch since her comment was “transfer me to the county”.
How many emergency calls are answered by METCOM and have to be transferred to Bloomington dispatch. Evidently seconds matter, the 911 system is wasting them. (Not to mention duplicating services)
When the Bloomington Election Commission called the police for “unruly citizens”, they initially got METCOM. I FOID’d the audio. Then a discussion took place about the government building being under Bloomington’s jurisdiction. A METCOM dispatcher then called Bloomington dispatch.
Good thing there wasn’t an active shooter!
But then, guns aren’t allowed in the Government Center. The sign on the door says so.
Don’t forget, taxpayers already paid MILLIONS for a fire station that has never been used.
This Council will never vote for common sense solutions, yes – elections matter.