DPW – Department of Public Works/Services Collaborative
Dear Participating Communities and Stakeholders:
As part of the Downriver Community Conference’s efforts to be a catalyst and facilitator for collaborations and cost saving measures for our member communities, we decided to convene a meeting of the Department of Public Works Directors to explore the possibility of consolidated purchasing. The group held their first meeting on December 11, 2007 and immediately determined that there is value in meeting regularly.
To date, the group has successfully bid out several items collectively, maximizing savings for all, at a time when our communities desperately need it.
A Mutual Aid Agreement was also developed and approved by most of our member communities. This agreement enhances each community’s ability to receive public works assistance from other communities during times of emergency.
The group has also expanded its scope, including representatives from MDOT, Wayne County DPS and the Wayne County Commission in our meetings. We also developed a relationship with the Downriver Operations Managers (DROM) a consortium of operations managers from area school districts. We also network with Department of Public Works/Public Services directors from western Wayne County communities, who formed their own group, based on the success of our Downriver group.
These efforts continue to improve the network, knowledge base, purchasing power and overall collaboration of DPW/S directors in our region.
We are extremely proud of the work this group is doing and their accomplishments.
Information on the group and the projects they are exploring, as well as questions or suggestions about this group may be directed to me via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 734-362-3469.
James S. Perry
911 Consolidation Feasibility Study
PREPARED FOR DOWNRIVER COMMUNITY CONFERENCE
AND DOWNRIVER MUTUAL AID, MICHIGAN
In response to the rapidly changing 911 environment sweeping the country and technical advancements,
Downriver Mutual Aid (DMA) officials engaged Mission Critical Partners, LLC (MCP) to evaluate if
consolidating 12 public safety answering points (PSAPs) within DMA in some form of regionalization was
feasible and could improve emergency response outcomes in the region. To accomplish this task, MCP
completed a comprehensive assessment of the current state of public safety communications services of
the 12 PSAPs, including the organizational structure, operational configuration, staffing, training, quality
assurance (QA), leadership, performance management, technology, and facilities.
To read the full article please click here. FINAL DMA Consolidation Feasibility Study
TEXT TO 911 “Coming December 13th 2021”
The Downriver Mutual Aid will soon deploy Text to 911 services in South East Michigan.
How it works :
· Can I send a text to 9-1-1?
· How do I text to 9-1-1?
· Find the message or messaging icon or menu choice on your phone. Do not use a text app you downloaded. Select ‘create a new text message’. Put 911 in the to: field. Put your emergency and your location in the message body. Do not attach or send pictures or videos. Keep your message short and do not use abbreviations. After you enter your text, press send.
· The 911 center will reply within 20 seconds to one minute.
· Continue your dialog with the 911 center, and follow their instructions.
· When do I text to 9-1-1?
· Make a voice call when you can. Text if you can’t make a voice call, or if a voice call would put you in danger. Text-TO-911 is not as fast as making a voice call. The 911 center may ask you to make a voice call if you don’t know your location.
· What else do I need to know?
· Your phone must be able to send a text message. You can find out by texting a friend or family member to be certain.
· Text-TO-911 is not a priority service. It can be delayed. You can’t send more than 160 characters.
· If text-TO-911 doesn’t go through, you will get a ‘bounce-back’ message telling you to make a voice call to 911.
· Where can I learn more about text-TO-911?