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Old 04-15-2017, 9:45 PM
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I would suggest it probably has more to do with the total number of overall units on the incident, probably in more than one location, and working with fire alarm to manage the rest of the county.

I have rarely heard any indication that station chiefs or lieutenants would not be able to handle just water supply chain.

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Going through some recordings. During the Water Rescue call at the Bay Bridge overnight, units were operating on Juliet Special Operations and then Fire Alarm patched it to Lima. QAFD appears not to have Juliet. QAFD advised that they were patching Lima into the FiRST QA Fire Tac-5.
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Old 05-20-2017, 1:36 PM
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Going through some recordings. During the Water Rescue call at the Bay Bridge overnight, units were operating on Juliet Special Operations and then Fire Alarm patched it to Lima. QAFD appears not to have Juliet. QAFD advised that they were patching Lima into the FiRST QA Fire Tac-5.
Juliet used to be a commander to fire alarm channel, where Lima was always an incident channel. QA has not caught up to AACO's channel reassignment.

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Anyone know why Fire Alarm has been doing test dispatches on 22A Special Events/Disaster Gen?
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Anyone know why Fire Alarm has been doing test dispatches on 22A Special Events/Disaster Gen?
Possibilities?

Dispatcher training?

Long planned new CAD system training/testing?

Does anything sound different/unusual about the dispatches? Box areas? etc...
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They were on Condition Red earlier, however that is a frequent event that doesn't necessarily lead to use of 22A. I'd lean towards a training evolution.

Meanwhile in Annapolis, the Severn River Bridge is yet again closed by an accident involving tour busses. The insanely stupid idea of increasing bridge capacity by adding a 4th lane by narrowing the existing lanes and eliminating the shoulder lane is only going to cause more accidents..... /rant
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Possibilities?

Dispatcher training?

Long planned new CAD system training/testing?

Does anything sound different/unusual about the dispatches? Box areas? etc...
I don't think Dispatcher Training since the "voices" were similar to ones that have always been dispatchers. Nothing unusual with the dispatches (medicals, box alarm, etc.). I think they were throughout the county. The box alarm was in the 3rd battalion.

I was thinking it might be for the new CAD system but wasn't sure. I "think" they might been operating from the RCC since the radio id's were more similar to those at the RCC.
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Looks like they are still doing "test" dispatches on 22A earlier today. Mock medical dispatches, helicopter LZ's, rescue boxes, and even a mutual aid dispatch.
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Looks like they are still doing "test" dispatches on 22A earlier today. Mock medical dispatches, helicopter LZ's, rescue boxes, and even a mutual aid dispatch.
Is it only the dispatch or is one or more units "responding" in reaction to the dispatch?

From what I've heard, the box areas will change with the new CAD system. See if you can detect anything different for box areas.
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Is the new CAD system part of the radio replacement initiative, or are they two separate contracts? Do we know who the vendor is - PG and Montgomery went with Motorola. Was a similar test phase performed with the abortive attempt with Tiburon? I wonder if the county was ever able to get (at least some of our) money back from them.
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Is the new CAD system part of the radio replacement initiative, or are they two separate contracts? Do we know who the vendor is? Was a similar test phase performed with the abortive attempt with Tiburon? I wonder if the county was ever able to get (at least some of our) money back from them.
I'm pretty sure the new radio system is still years out... the new CAD has been "in the works" for years with, as you mentioned, the failed attempt several years ago.

Interestingly, I think Tiburon is the vendor again this time.... if that is true, hopefully this helps to recover some of the money lost previously as well as improving the chances of success based on lessons learned. Then again, it has now been 6 years (wow!) since that failure.... Only time will tell.
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Is it only the dispatch or is one or more units "responding" in reaction to the dispatch?

From what I've heard, the box areas will change with the new CAD system. See if you can detect anything different for box areas.
Just dispatches. No other traffic. From what I have heard they are normal box areas that seem to be the current box areas.
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I see that TriTech Software Systems purchased Tiburon in 2015. TriTech said at the time (according to a press release) that they will continue to support Tiburon customers, although TriTech has several competing CAD products. Whatever settlement was reached would probably transfer with the sale, whether monetary or a reengineering of the Tiburon CAD solution. My hope is if the county was indeed still working with Tiburon, they would migrate to one of TriTech's solution, although this is pure speculation.


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From 2016, "A: The current computer aided dispatch (CAD) vendor is Infor (formerly EnRoute), and the
County is using version 5.0.4B (text mode). The County is in the process upgrading to a newer,
3rd generation system. CAD supports Anne Arundel County Police, AACO Fire, and Annapolis
City Fire"

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The past two Capital budgets don't break out any spending on CAD. Not sure if they consider the CAD system as a capital expenditure - but it should be. Maybe the county was able to obtain a monetary settlement and move on (or never paid Tiburon,) thus a new appropriation was unnecessary. I guess we'll have to do more snooping to figure out who the new vendor is... It's hard to tell if the CAD system is part of the radio system project - it is in Montgomery County, and what happened in PG.

Speaking of the new radio system, the county zeroed out FY18 funding, decreased funding in FY19, and increased funding for FY20, and extended funding out to FY22. So the project timeline is slipping. Old news. $22.5M has already been approved for the radio system, but up to FY16, only $5.6M has been spent or encumbered. I'll be looking back at previous budgets to see how much was spent on the CAD.
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From 2016, "A: The current computer aided dispatch (CAD) vendor is Infor (formerly EnRoute), and the
County is using version 5.0.4B (text mode). The County is in the process upgrading to a newer,
3rd generation system. CAD supports Anne Arundel County Police, AACO Fire, and Annapolis
City Fire"

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I wonder if the newer "3rd generation" system is from Infor EnRoute or a new vendor? Still looking for the source of funding for CAD - it may not be from the Fire / Police Capital budget since I cannot find CAD specifically mentioned from FY2010 - FY2018.
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Perhaps the original funding was part of the EOC move started in the early 2000's.
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Not sure if it is related to all we have been talking about or not, but Fire Alarm is operating out of the RCC today for normal operations (not testing).
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Not sure if it is related to all we have been talking about or not, but Fire Alarm is operating out of the RCC today for normal operations (not testing).
Where is the RCC anyway?
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Where is the RCC anyway?
The RCC is adjacent to the Office of Emergency Management, in the Hein Building on Route 648 in Glen Burnie. They were in the RCC due to work being done at Headquarters. May be back by now.
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