Posted by Downtown, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:48 am
George had a great song for those who are offended by a utility using facebook or public agency reaching out to connect with new media.... or any of the other griping, moaning and *****ing on some of these posts....
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:58 am
It works fine for me.
I wish PAPD would mention that we don't want vigilantes with guns patrolling our streets - just sensible precautions and neighbors keeping an eye open for unusual unneighborly behavior and reporting it.
Posted by Bill, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:50 am
While this is a nice first step, itís not even state-of-the-art. For several years now, San Mateo County has been a client of a web-based service that tracks all of the on-going police/fire/EMS activities going on in the county:
Palo Alto has been treating its residents/businesses and guests pretty much like potted plants for decades. Itís very doubtful that we will see the Palo Alto fire/police/EMS offering this information like San Mateo County does any time soon.
Posted by firedog, a resident of another community, on Apr 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm
On the FireDispatch.com web site there is a dialog box in the upper right hand corner. Click on it and you will see a list of all of the FD's that subscribe and Palo Alto is on the list.. they have been on there since 2005.
Posted by Bill, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:51 am
> On the FireDispatch.com web site there is a dialog box
> in the upper right hand corner.
Right you are. Thanks for the help.
> they have been on there since 2005.
Hmmm .. a quick check of the Palo Alto Fire Department web site does not make any mention of Palo Alto's fire/EMS dispatches being tracked by FireDispatch.com. Since this is a reasonable way to proving up-to-the-minute information about the Fire Dept's. activities, you'd think the Fire Department would want to tell people about it.. such as hanging a link on the main page of their web site.
So .. they have more-or-less done the right thing .. and then not informed the public about it. Reinforces my point about the City's treating its residents as "potted plants".
What's really needed is a web-site that allows pictures and videos to be shown of the active on-going activities, when such visuals are available, follow-up information posted, and cumulative information about the individual call-outs and year-to-date wrap-ups of department activities made available, and downloadable.
All of this takes money, time and a commitment to transparency that we have not seen in the Palo Alto public safety departments--even though this year we are funding them at/about $60M.
Again .. thanks for the information about FireDispatch.com.