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  • North Carolina city's council reverses course and restores benefits for first responders
    Two weeks ago, city council members raised the ire of police officers and firefighters with a unanimous vote that would have changed the city’s employee benefits plan and reduced their holiday pay and vacation time. But on Tuesday, after an apology to city employees from City Manager Ruffin Hall, the mayor and council members unanimously approved an amended benefits plan.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Observer
  • Texas becomes largest state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decision
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Texas the 21st state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system. “The safety and security of Texas communities is my number-one priority, and I want to provide our first responders with the best technology possible,” Abbott said in a prepared statement.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications
  • Rhode Island city has been without a permanent fire chief for more than two years
    More than two dozen individuals have applied to lead the Providence Fire Department over the last two years, but the city still hasn’t found its next chief. Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare confirmed this week the city has offered the job to “a few” candidates, but none of them have been hired.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12
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