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9-1-1 Bureau of Emergency Communications

Partners in Public Safety. Call 9-1-1: Save a Life, Report a Fire, Stop a Crime.

Phone: 503-823-0911

NON-EMER: 503-823-3333

PO Box 1927, Portland, OR 97207

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Amber Alert

If you hear an Amber Alert, be on the lookout for the child and suspect described in the Amber Alert message.

2007 - 06/22 | Fireworks and 9-1-1 / Police / Fire

"We would like to remind people to be careful, be safe, and be understanding. Only dial 9-1-1 to complain about fireworks if they are creating a fire hazard or there is an immediate threat to life or property."

Lock Cell Phone Keypads

Failing to lock the keypad on your cell phone can cause needless delays for other emergency calls.

2004-11/25 | Unintentional Cell Phone Calls to 9-1-1

New automated pilot-process should lower 9-1-1 hold times

2004-01/15 | Enhanced 9-1-1 for Wireless (Cell) Phones

"Current planning targets the spring of 2004 as the first activation of this technology,..."

2005 - 09/10 | 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day

"9-1-1 Emergency Number Day is an opportunity for a grateful community to recognize the tremendous contributions our 9-1-1 dispatchers add to our quality of life each and every day. "

2006 - 10/26 | BOEC Receives Top Honors

"Three City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) employees were honored at a statewide awards banquet held October 11, 2006."

9-1-1 Magazine - "Online Briefing Board - Delivering Critical Information to Distpatch Staff the Intranet Way"

Article by Alida Thacher and Bridget Phelan. Posted with permission from Jim Voelkl, Founding Publisher.

2004-07/01 | 4th of July

"By helping 9-1-1 cut down on the number of erroneous calls we receive, you just might be saving a life. The life you help save just may be someone you know and love."

2006 - 07/04 | Fireworks Safety

“We would like to remind people to be careful, be safe, and be understanding.”

2007 - 04/11 | National Public-Safety Telecommunicators Week

"Many people do not stop to think about these seemingly nameless, faceless individuals until they experience an actual emergency themselves. These professionals make the difference between life and death in many instances."

2007 - 09/11 | 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day

"9-1-1 Dispatchers are true “First Responders.” They help people give birth, stop the bleeding, stay safe until help arrives, provide CPR instructions, help people find resolution to problems and crimes, and so much more..."

2004-09/10 | 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day

9-1-1 Emergency Number Day - Annual Telecommunicator Recognition Day

2005 - 02/18 | Media Request Form

BOEC has "...made improvements for media representatives requesting audio recordings from the 9-1-1 system..."

2005 - 04/11 | National Telecommunications Week

"BOEC proudly honors the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers (9-1-1) during National Public-Safety Telecommunications Week..."

2005 - 05/25 | New 9-1-1 Program Aids Severely Disabled Individuals

"...a notification flag in the 9-1-1 system, which identifies individuals whose disabilities may completely hinder them from safely exiting a dangerous situation without assistance."

2005 - 06/23 | Know Your Non-Number Campaign

Greater Metropolitan Portland Emergency Communications Agencies Kick-off a New Public Education Campaign

2005 - 07/01 | Noisy Fireworks Calls To 9-1-1

Modified response to fireworks calls July 1 to July 5

2006 - 03/21 | Leonard names Lisa Turley Director of 9-1-1 Center

..."Lisa Turley permanently appointed to the position of Director of the Bureau of Emergency Communications... "

2006 - 04/06 | National Public-Safety Telecommunications Week

"BOEC proudly honors the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers."

2004-04/06 | Celebrating National Dispatchers' Week

"...second week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators."

2004-05/03 | Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

While VoIP is convenient, quick, and inexpensive, it does come with its own price tag. The cost? Your personal safety!

2004-06/03 | Mistaken Amber Alerts by Portland 9-1-1

During a routine practice session earlier this afternoon, employees at the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) accidentally activated the Amber Alert System several times.

2006 - 03/21 | 9-1-1 Hangs Up

"BOEC has a policy that our employees will exercise courtesy at all times and complete calls in a professional manner without rudeness. If problems with a caller develop, they are encouraged to transfer the caller to a supervisor."

2006 - 09/11 | Annual Telecommunicator Recognition Day

"September 11th is the date nationally recognized as 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day and recognizes 9-1-1 Dispatchers across the country."

2007 - 06/15 | Airplane Crash 9-1-1 Calls

"We were fully staffed this morning, yet we received nearly twice as many calls as we had call takers for. All of the callers were reporting the same incident. And all of the calls came in within three-and-a-half minutes of each other."

2007 - 07/18| 9-1-1 Dispatcher to Meet the Woman She Helped Save

" Trapped in her smoky upstairs bedroom she called 9-1-1."

Community Justice Appreciation Awards

"On April 7, 2004 the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice honored three members of the Bureau of Emergency Communications CAD Team..."