Paula Boggs Muething, who has been serving as the interim city manager of Cincinnati since this summer, has been given the position permanently. Boggs Muething previously served as the city solicitor and worked for the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority.
9-1-1 dispatchers should consider using the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch's Protocol 36 for coronavirus-related calls, writes Rebecca Barrus. "[U]nlike other protocols, Protocol 36 identifies patients with outbreak-specific symptoms to allow for a reduced or modified response -- or perhaps no EMS response at all," Barrus writes.
A white woman accused of making a false racially biased 9-1-1 call about a Black man in Central Park that was caught on video also called 9-1-1 again and said the man had attacked her, which was not true, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said Wednesday. Amy Cooper did not enter a plea in the case involving Christian Cooper, who is not related to her.
Police in Guelph, Ontario, received 205 9-1-1 calls that were from intentional misuse by an adult in the first six months of this year, compared with 182 in the same period last year. The city also had a dramatic increase in unintentional calls by adults, from 1,724 in 2019 to 2,648 in 2020.
El Paso, Texas, 9-1-1 dispatchers Vanessa Urquidi and Daniel Terrazas say the ABC show "Emergency Call" does a good job depicting the stress and emotions they experience at work. "A certain call can come in normal and turn into a crazy situation, so I'm always ready," Terrazas says.
Recreation and park departments are losing taxpayer funding and earned revenue because of the pandemic, leading to budget cuts, writes Kevin Roth of the National Recreation and Park Association. "It is critical to share your team's incredible contributions to every political leader, funder, stakeholder, media member and individual in the general public to ensure you will be there for them tomorrow," he writes.
The Columbus, Ohio, Recreation and Parks Department is working with health organizations on a program to stop gun violence. The department will send intervention specialists to meet with victims of violence and discourage them from retaliation.
The Arlington County, Va., Department of Parks and Recreation is using signs, barriers and patrols to prevent mountain biking on natural trails. "The things that they prefer to ride on are hilly slopes near streams, the things that can cause the most erosion," said department official Alonso Abugattas.
The Greenfield, Mass., Recreation Department recently sponsored a public art project in which local artists were paid to paint nature scenes on electrical boxes at intersections. "With the state of the country right now, we want to do what we can to inspire, beautify and lift people's spirits," Recreation Director Christy Moore said.