The Portland City Council took what might look like a baby step last week toward more efficient handling of non-emergency 911 calls.

In a break from current practice, in which uniformed, armed police officers in squad cars or a truckload of firefighters respond, commissioners approved a pilot project in which a new “third branch” of the first-responder system, staffed by a specially trained firefighter and a contracted crisis worker, would respond to some non-emergency situations.
– PUB DATE: 11/27/2019 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE: Willamette Week
Source: SEAFC National Fire News

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