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Cincinnati officials say they've shaved five weeks off the time it takes to hire call takers and dispatchers for the city's emergency communications center (ECC). But the process from someone applying to actually getting a job still takes 14 weeks.  It used to be 19 weeks.

Hamilton County Communications Center

Hamilton County's new fire and EMS dispatching program is up and running.

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Cincinnati is working to streamline the process to hire 911 call takers and emergency dispatchers.  

The goal is to reduce the time between when people apply and when they find out if they get a job.  

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Cincinnati police are still searching for a motive after a deadly shooting incident at the Fifth Third Center on September 6.  

The bank re-opened the lobby Monday for the first time since the attack.

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Cincinnati's Acting City Manager said Monday the city is contracting with two firms to conduct an independent review of the Kyle Plush tragedy.

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Cincinnati's acting city manager is changing the manager of the city's emergency communications center (ECC).

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Cincinnati officials said Tuesday a 911 dispatcher had the GPS location within 5 to 10 feet of where a teenager was later found dead after getting trapped in his van in a school parking lot last month.

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As promised, Cincinnati's acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney is presenting a 12-month action plan for improving operations at the Emergency Communications Center (ECC).

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The full Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday to send an additional $1.4 million to the city's emergency communications center.  

A joint council committee approved the ordinance Tuesday.  

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Two Cincinnati Council committees are holding a joint meeting Tuesday to provide funding for some immediate upgrades to the emergency communications center.  

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Cincinnati Council Member Wendell Young has apologized to Kyle Plush's family for remarks he made Tuesday during a council committee meeting that upset them.

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A Cincinnati city council committee listened to more than five hours of testimony Tuesday as city leaders try to figure out what went wrong when a 16-year-old who was trapped in a minivan called 911 twice, but never received the emergency help he needed.

Hamilton County now has a system to warn residents about emergencies and other important information. 

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Area law enforcement are constantly training, updating their training, and preparing for active shooter situations like the one Wednesday in San Bernardino, California.

Should something occur locally, the Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center inside Hamilton County's Regional Emergency Operations facility in Price Hill, is ready to help coordinate resources, and it would get support from other Fusion Centers across the country.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are deciding how to pay for emergency communications as current revenue sources shrink.  Before they vote, they want to hear public input on a possible solution.

While Cincinnati City Council looks into its emergency communications operations following a recent television news investigation, Hamilton County is offering one possible solution.

Commissioners Wednesday approved a resolution supporting a joint city/county emergency communications center.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says this is a great opportunity for shared services.