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#1 Jove

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:18 PM

When you hear a siren ? Did you ever wonder, what was going on ?

In this high tech 21st century, don't you think we deserve to know ?

I mean for the last 5-10 min. sirens are pretty load hear a the police are still screamin around with their sirens on, this is a small quaint tourist trap, I live in.

The fire trucks were out cause I heard them honking, wouldn' or don't you think you have a right to access up to the minute information data as to what is taking place ?


Or would you rather read the news paper (local) the next day, or if it's big enough, wait for the News, and they will keep telling you it's a big story but first here's another commercial, then they'll do that a couple of times, you turn off the station and try to forget the whole thing !

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:41 PM

The only reason I can think of that you would have a right to know is if it directly affects your health or safety. Other than that why not let the those who have chosen to make being a first responder their profession do their jobs without wasting a fraction of a second which could mean life or death. I can see it now, a police officer or paramedic racing to do their job while compiling a soundbite for the media so we can be informed.

How would you like to be the one they are helping, and the First Responder tells you hold on a second while I tweet your condition so everybody will know why we are here?

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:46 PM

No Jove.. I have a tendency to agree with Animal. Sure.. I always wonder and want to know what is going on when I hear sirens but just because this is a free country does not mean it is my business to know this. My curiosity means nothing to them.. or to the people in need that they are responding to. As a citizen I do not want to be part of making a problem worse and interfering with law and fire officials because I want to know. I am just rubber-necking and to be honest.. I think it is disgusting when people think they have a right to the gory details.. I wonder how many people have been sorry they say something that they wish they never saw.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:47 PM

LOl Animal, I had my wife read my response before I posted it (it said the same thing you said) and she said I better not chance it, so I didn't. I even mentioned twitter in it.


Jove: Can't you buy a scanner if you are that concerned? The police/fire/rescue are on specific (low) bands and are right there on the air waves to be plucked. That's how the media gets there. They have someone who monitors the frequencies on a scanner. I dare say they even tape it for accuracy. Here is a link for you.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:48 PM

OK, fine, that thought was circulating when I wrote this, but, how about soon after, I'm not asking for a sound bite from the emergency personnel, but from the county and it's management, . .

I think all Americans may not deserve peace of mind but it is something they need.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:51 PM

Death Stalker,

Ok let me check that out, I don't think I am going to get a scanner, but lets see.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:51 PM

If there is need to know for the public.. rest assured they will tell us. Like in the instance of a chemical spill or something like that.. you will be evacuated pretty quickly lol

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:58 PM

Yep, I'll wait for the service of providing an web access reporting service, . .

but you would not believe my thoughts on this, simply would not believe me.

I always want to know, always ! What there up to ! :thumbsup:

Since, I am on the verge of being notably noticed as a skeptic, this is one time I am going to

hold my tongue.

Oh, Well, its nice to know your all out there, and hope your gonna have a really good 4th.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:59 PM

Ok, lets ask this question....

How many people are going to stop and hesitate before dialing 911 knowing their call will be used as the basis for a 'county wide' notification.

I would expect a bit of confidentiality when dialing 911. Not have to hesitate knowing my words will be used for the reporting 'blotter'....

And don't you think the ambulance chasing lawyers wouldn't have a field day dissecting the chain of events to make sure that making this announcement did or didn't add to the victims pain and suffering?


It's a very fine line between right of privacy and the public's right to know.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:00 PM

If there is need to know for the public.. rest assured they will tell us. Like in the instance of a chemical spill or something like that.. you will be evacuated pretty quickly lol


I wish I shared your confidence................. :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:07 PM

Ok, lets ask this question....

How many people are going to stop and hesitate before dialing 911 knowing their call will be used as the basis for a 'county wide' notification.

I would expect a bit of confidentiality when dialing 911. Not have to hesitate knowing my words will be used for the reporting 'blotter'....

And don't you think the ambulance chasing lawyers wouldn't have a field day dissecting the chain of events to make sure that making this announcement did or didn't add to the victims pain and suffering?


It's a very fine line between right of privacy and the public's right to know.


All that IS public record and IS released to reporters and lawyers. There is no confidentiality when dialing 911. As to a "right to privacy?" There is none. Show me that right in either the constitution of this Country or the Bill of Rights. These people are calling the Government, IE the PUBLIC for help. Transcripts, not to mention the recordings themselves for a limited time, are available for any incident that is reported to the PUBLIC 911 system. It's our system, we pay for it. We have the right (in the Constitution) to know what our Gov't is doing with the money they stick a gun to our head and take from us.

Does that make sense to you?

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:07 PM

OK !

I would be very satisfied to have a report the next day of each time a siren sounded in my

county and why, . . .

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:10 PM

OK !

I would be very satisfied to have a report the next day of each time a siren sounded in my

county and why, . . .


Don't be lazy lol. You can go ask them. How much are you willing to pay, especially in these economic hard times, to hire yet another useless Gov't drone to pay to publish a report every time Mrs. Jones stupid cat ran up a tree and couldn't get down. If it is "news worthy" the local or Natioanl media will report it.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:29 PM

Are you kidding !

Heck No they have to write out a report, it can be transcribed digitally for the public.

Hey I don't need a cop, going to his girlfriends for lunch to blow his siren, especially when I have to listen to every commercial vehicle with a truck license to back up around every corner collecting bottles on one day then another day for trash, then construction beeping the beepers all day long, the lawn mowers mowing that neighbors lawn on Tuesday this one comes down for the week end and mows on Sunday, the other neighbor mows on Tues day and the guy across the street mows on Thursday. and all this goes on week in and week out.

Then look at the State, I don't think you have any idea what major crime investigation is capable of but it ain't much, if you want to know why unsolved mysteries which was a biggy ain't gonna be replaced because statistics are what mind controlling politics is all about, and if you think I'm off the Wall then Jesses Ventura is out in space!

I said this was gonna be one of those times I hold my tongue, didn't I

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:33 PM

@ DeathStalker. I thank you for your facts and agree with you. I should have been more clear.


I live in a large urban area and it would take a staff of 20 to tabulate all the emergency calls made in 24 hours. Not to mention the mountain of paperwork the county requires to release the information. Sure you can have it and the public is legally entitled to it. Just see how many people want to do the dog and pony show to get it.

Now lets get interesting.......

Who's going to compile the information from the Federal (6 agencies I know of), State (7 agencies), County (7 agencies) and City (3 agencies) that respond or have the capability to respond with emergency capabilities that would be heard and fit the previous criteria. I'm sure somewhere I missed somebody on the list.

EDIT: Can you say jurisdictional nightmare and posturing. :thumbsup:

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