National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 13-19, 2014.

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Most of us take police, fire and emergency dispatchers for granted, unless, of course, you have reason to call 911. At that very moment, the dispatcher becomes the most important person in the world, and your lifeline to safety and help.

These public safety professionals are there for the American public when needed most. They answer 9-1-1 calls and ensure that callers receive professional and timely assistance and quickly get the help they need.

Telecommunicators Week began in California in 1981, and quickly grew to national recognition. In 1990, Congress designated the second full week of each April as a time to remember the critical role that dispatchers play in keeping us all safe.

The job of a Public Safety Dispatcher has evolved considerably over the last half-century. The early days where an officer or clerk might have simply answered the phone, relayed calls over a console radio, and kept a paper log have given way to a highly technical, multi-tasking environment that requires dispatchers to undergo extensive training and develop a strong skill set.

Dispatchers are expected to handle whatever calls for help come in, whenever they come in… whether it’s a major emergency or a minor problem. They do this while providing simultaneous radio exchanges with field units and tracking everything using multiple computer systems.

The Bryan Police Department would like to thank not only our dispatchers but all emergency service dispatchers for the work you do.

NOTICE OF CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION

Notice is hereby given that a civil service entrance level examination will be given for the position of Patrol Officer for the City of Bryan, Ohio. The position of Patrol Officer starts at $18.44/per hour. After successful completion of a one-year probation, pay increases to the current contractual rate of compensation.

Physical fitness testing will be conducted at the Bryan City Schools Field House, 1350 West Fountain Grove Drive, Bryan, Ohio on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Written examinations for applicants successfully completing physical testing will be conducted on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bryan Police & Fire Complex, 304 West High Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506.

All applicants for the above mentioned position must be between 21 and 36 years of age and possess a high school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.). Successful candidates must obtain or exceed a minimum score for each of the four (4) physical fitness tests, obtain or exceed the minimum required written exam score of 70%, pass a background check, successfully complete an oral interview, pass a voice stress analyzer, psychological, and physical examination. The candidate appointed to the position must meet the current residency requirements for Police Officers of the City of Bryan. Police Officers shall be, or become residents of Williams County or adjacent Ohio Counties, namely Fulton, Henry and Defiance Counties within twelve (12) months of the date of their employment.

All applications must be completed and filed with the Secretary of the Bryan Municipal Civil Service Commission located in the Police and Fire Complex, no later than Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. All applications filed must contain, if applicable, a copy of official record/certification signifying honorable discharge from or satisfactory active military service, Ohio Peace Officer certificate and/or any documented degree issued from an accredited college.

Applications may be picked up at the Bryan Police Department 304 West High Street Bryan Ohio 43506.

For complete details visit our web site at http://www.bryanpd.com

PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE AT ALL LEVELS OF TESTING

Fake Court Summons Emails Carry Malware

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Watch out for fake emails informing you that you are being summoned for a court appearance. The file attached to the fake email is actually malware.

How the Scam Works:

You receive an email with the subject line “Urgent court notice.” The message says that you are being summoned to appear in court: “Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing.” It provides the date, time and location of the trial… but no details.

Want to find out why you are being summoned? The email urges you to download the attached “copy of the court notice” to find out. Don’t do it! The attachment is malware that will infect your computer.

How to spot this scam:

1. Courts do not typically summon people via email, text message or phone. Unless you are involved in a case and have opted into receiving email communications, courts normally communicate through mail.

2. Confirm with the court. If you ever question whether you need to appear in court, call the court system to check. Search for the phone number on the web; don’t call a number in the email.

3. Watch out for variations. A similar scam tells victims that they missed or are being summoned for jury duty.

4. Ignore calls for immediate action. Scammers try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.

For More Information

For more information about this scam, see the public alert from the federal courts website. To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.

Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time

Please remember to move your clocks forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning March 9, 2014
Time Trivia

On November 18, 1883 North American railroads switched to a new standard time system for rail operations, which they called Standard Railway Time (SRT). Almost immediately after being implemented, many American cities enacted ordinances, thus resulting in the creation of time “zones.” The four standard time zones adopted were Eastern Standard Time, Central Daylight Time, Mountain Standard Time, and Pacific Daylight Time. Though tailored to the railroad companies’ train schedules, the new system was quickly adopted nationwide, forestalling federal intervention in civil time for more than thirty years, until 1918, when daylight saving time was introduced.

Tempus fugit

Fatal Crashes Among Elderly Drivers Are Declining, IIHS Study Says

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Maybe it’s OK to let grandpa keep those keys a little longer. A February 2014 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds car-crash deaths have fallen quite a bit among older drivers during the past 15 years. The rate of fatal crashes among drivers age 70 and older fell 42 percent per licensed driver between 1997 and 2012, outpacing the 30 percent drop for drivers age 35 to 54 over the same period.

Possible NHTSA ‘Silver’ Ratings Aim to Protect Older Drivers

Older drivers have lower police-reported crash rates per person than younger drivers, largely because they drive less. But crash rates per mile traveled begin to increase at age 70, and by age 80, drivers have “markedly higher” crash rates than their middle-aged counterparts, IIHS says. Anne McCartt, senior vice president at IIHS and a co-author of the study, clarified some of the study’s numbers for us. Between 1997 and 2012, the rate of accidents among licensed drivers 70 and older declined 42 percent; it’s down 39 percent per mile driven. Crashes involving drivers 70 and older, whether they were at fault or died, declined 25 percent in that period. And overall traffic-related fatalities for those 70 and older — drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and the like — declined 31 percent.

It all points to the same conclusion. But why? “We don’t know for sure,” McCartt said. “One factor we think is very likely at work is that vehicles are safer, and there’s some evidence that some of the safety features on newer vehicles have benefited older drivers.”

Driver health and experience also plays a role. “There are indications that older people are healthier,” McCartt said. “We think that better health likely results in fewer impairments. [The lack of] cognitive or physical impairments results in safer drivers, and safer both in the sense that they may be less able to crash … [and] to not sustain a serious injury” during a crash.

Still, the fatality rate has gone down even as the population of older Americans has swelled. As baby boomers age, licensed drivers older than 70 have increased 30 percent between 1997 and 2012, and that’s expected to continue. Americans age 70 and older represented 9 percent of the U.S. population in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and IIHS says the Census expects that to swell to 16 percent of the population by 2050. Citing data from the Federal Highway Administration and internal studies, IIHS says 79 percent of them drive today — but that’s a lower rate than Americans age 20 to 69, who also drive more miles per person.

Turn Around Don’t Drown

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In the wake of the heavy rains that are predicted to move through the area Bryan Police again remind residents to be aware of the force and power of water.

To many people continue to drive around barriers warning that roads are flooded.

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, stop and do not cross. With water across the roadway, you cannot always determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water.

Six inches of moving water can knock a person down and a mere two feet of water can move a large vehicle such as a bus.

Graco car safety seats recall

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Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.
The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 80 complaints about the seats. Parents reported having to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckle.

In some cases, the straps had to be cut to free children.

Affected models include Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite and Argos 70.

Graco Baby will contact customers who registered their car seats with the company.
Parents who aren’t sure if their car seat is included in the recall, or who have other questions, can call Graco at 1-800-345-4109, or the NHTSA’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.