Council member shadows firefighters as city assesses public safety services

LOWER PRICE HILL (FOX19) - City leaders have been investigating issues with the Emergency Communications Center and related services to facilitate changes that will help the center operate more effectively.

Vice Chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee Council Member Amy Murray continued her "on-the-job" training Friday with the Cincinnati Fire Department for a full 24-hour shift.

"Understanding the pressures the fire department is under, the technology that they're using and just have a better understanding of the department so when things come forward to council, I really have an understanding of what they're asking for and what is needed," Murray said.

Last week, the council member worked a 12-hour shift at the 911 Emergency Call Center. The fire ride-along was intended to complement that experience.

Murray observed at Cincinnati District 2 Headquarters Fire Station 17,  2101 West 8th Street in Lower Price Hill. She said she requested to be assigned to a station that was one of the city's busiest to fully understand all the aspects of the job of first responders on many different types of runs.

Station 17 has some of the highest call numbers for heroin overdoses in the city.

Murray says she will take what she has learned back to City Hall and share it with the other council members as they move forward on assessing the city's public safety services.

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