During the December 13 Council meeting, the Dallas City Council voted to purchase a new technology to increase aircraft safety at Dallas Love Field.
Department of Aviation Director Mark Duebner and Assistant Director Terry Mitchell proposed the implementation of the Pharovision Wildlife Detection infrared / electro-optical system to detect animals, people and foreign objects within a five-mile radius of aircraft.
The system can automatically determine what the object is, track the object, and alert personnel. ThePharovision “Sentinel” tool also can detect people who have trespassed into the airport, as well as drones that fly into Love Field’s airspace and has future ability to detect runway Foreign Object Debris.
Bird strikes are common at many airports, including Love Field. Staff reported 180 confirmed bird strikes in 2017, and noted this is likely due to Love Field’s location near Bachman Lake. Modern planes are designed to withstand a collision with a five-pound bird, but encountering a flock of birds can be very dangerous. To put this into perspective, US Airways flight 1549 – the “Miracle on the Hudson” – struck a flock of Canada geese just after takeoff.
Love Field is the first U.S. airport to implement the Pharovision Wildlife Detection system as part of the airport’s Federal Aviation Administration-mandated Wildlife Hazard Management Plan.
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During the December 13 Council agenda meeting, the Dallas City Council honored and recognized the efforts of City staff and outside agencies that worked together during the Hurricane Harvey shelter operation.
For 37 days following Hurricane Harvey, the City of Dallas became a temporary home for more than 10,000 evacuees. Nearly 4,000 people stayed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and other shelters around the City. 113,000 meals were served, more than 30,000 items of clothing were distributed, 5,600 health and medical services were provided and volunteers put in more than 122,000 hours.
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Seven City of Dallas employees saved the City time and taxpayer money while adding to their professional toolkits. The Lean Six Sigma “Green Belt” trainees presented projects designed to save money and work out inefficiencies to Executive Staff.
Collectively, their individual projects lead to $342,762 in savings for the City while improving the tracking of 311 service requests, and raising awareness about the Office of Environmental Quality.
Coached by Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts Brandon P. Johnson and Joseph Kunnath, the employees received their official green belt certifications after their individual presentations. The City’s newly certified Green Belts are listed below:
- Amanda Webster, Dallas Water Utilities
- Vinoo Kuruvilla, Communication and Information Services
- Alana Jackson, Communications and Information Services
- Lisa Fullerton, Office of Environmental Quality
- Sheila Gray, 311
- Joseph Fielding, Dallas Water Utilities
- Tamara Royal, Equipment and Building Services
Lean Six Sigma is a problem solving and process improvement strategy that combines two powerful methodologies that focus on reducing waste and variation.
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We often conflate high salaries with prosperity, but that can be deceptive. Someone who lives in New York or San Francisco might make more money than a counterpart in the same profession in Houston or Dallas-Fort Worth, but when the cost of living is factored in, their Southern colleagues may actually come out ahead.
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Today, around 2:58 p.m., the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center received another bomb threat. The Dallas Police Department is on scene and investigating. The building has been evacuated out of precaution. Dallas officers are currently securing the building. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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Just after 4 p.m., the Dallas Police Department dispatch received a call about a bomb threat at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Out of an abundance of caution, security officers evacuated the building, and police and fire personnel are responding.
Updates will follow.
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Dallas Fire-Rescue joins an elite group of municipalities by receiving a Class 1 Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating. This is the first Class 1 ISO rating in the department’s history.
The ISO rating system is based on the department’s efficiency in receiving and processing emergency calls, training, equipment and accessibility to a permanent city-wide water supply.
“This is a major accomplishment for the City of Dallas and reflects well on Dallas Fire-Rescue,” said Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief David Coatney. “It took a collaborative effort between Dallas Fire-Rescue Emergency Response and Communications, and the Water Utilities Department which are all critical components of the evaluation.”
In 1999, the department received a Class 2 ISO rating. Since the previous rating, three new stations were built resulting in an increase in the number of emergency personnel and equipment available in the City. In addition, there was an increase in the number of fire hydrants in the City which played a role in the improved rating.
The new ISO rating reflects a reduction in fire severity, loss and has the potential to reduce property insurance.
“I commend Dallas Fire-Rescue for always looking for ways to work more efficiently and effectively. This rating proves their commitment to providing excellent service to the citizens of Dallas,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax.
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