Dothan E911 Approves New Alert System

Dothan's fire department is getting a new alert system.

The Dothan - Houston County E911 board agreed to fund the new system Tuesday.

The system will cost $436,000.

The current one dates back to the 1970's and has been degrading over the past few months.

The new system will poll each fire station every 45 seconds to ensure the phone lines are working.

"It's critical and it ensure we know that signal has gone out and our firefighters are in the apparatus within 45 seconds that the call is received. Reduces the mortality rate thought the city and increases the likelihood of saving property and lives,” said Dothan Fire Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge.

Also, at Tuesday’s Dothan City Commission meeting, the swift water and heavy rescue teams received about $32,000 in grant money. This money will be used to purchase training props.

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