NAPPANEE — Nappanee Fire and Emergency Medical Services members will soon be receiving instant messages via their cell phones when a call goes out after action taken at Monday’s Board of Works meeting.
The request for the new system of alerting members came jointly from the chiefs of both departments. EMS Chief Jim Sumpter Jr. said all members with cell phones will receive all the calls as an instant text message and will also have an application that will bring up a map and directions to the site of the emergency call.
He said the information comes directly the Elkhart County computer-aided dispatch system but other than that, Elkhart County has nothing to do with it.
Sumpter said this system would not replace the pagers and beepers currently in use, but instead would be an additional tool.
“This would alert everyone, even if they’re out of the area,” Sumpter said, enabling them to know if the call is a major event whether they should return to respond.
Sumpter said they can have a two-week trial so the city wouldn’t be locked into a contract.
Fire Chief Don Lehman said the service is provided on a month-to-month basis and there is no contract so they can drop the service at any time. There is a $100 set-up fee and a charge of $50 a month. The cost would be split evenly between both departments.
The board approved getting the service from Code Messaging Inc.
Modular home purchase
Scott Hughes of Hughes and Associates, administrator of the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP-3), received approval to switch from a stick-built to a modular home for the rehabilitation of the property at 407 S. Main St.
Hughes said the project’s developer initiated the request and he said the possibility of making this change had been discussed with city officials in the past.