of the Washington Parish Communications District
The purpose of the Washington Parish Communications District is to establish and manage operations of an enhanced 9-1-1 emergency communications system in Washington Parish. The district is governed by a seven member board appointed by the parish government. Board members receive no compensation for their work.
The Communications District employs
three full time personnel to handle the day to day
business of the district. This includes public 9-1-1 education, emergency
response agency liaison, 9-1-1 equipment replacement and maintenance, ANI/ALI
database management, Washington Parish map development, maintenance and
distribution, plus street addressing outside of the municipalities of Bogalusa
The district has equipped three primary public safety
answering points to receive 9-1-1 calls : The Bogalusa Police Department, the
Franklinton Police Department, and the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.
Each public safety answering point is staffed by the
respective agencyís dispatch personnel. These dispatch personnel are employed
by their "home" agency who is responsible for their pay, performance,
supervision, and training.
The specific activities of the District are as follows
Field addressing outside of Bogalusa and Franklinton
Verifies addresses in response to appropriate inquires
Road Sign Assistance
Public Assistance and Education Activities
Education of the Public on 9-1-1 Usage, Voice and TDD
Education of PSAP Employees on Equipment Usage
Education of PSAP Employees on Subjects of 911 Importance
Team Spirit Enhancement Between 9-1-1 and Fire / Law Enforcement / EMS
Facilitation to Resolve Citizen Complaints
Road Sign Assistance
Road Naming Assistance
Public Hearings On Road Name Changes
Conversion of Existing paper maps to digital
Road Index Updating
Addition of new map features
Provide maps to agencies and individuals
Using GeoPoint Mapping System :
roads in Washington Parish which reside in the offical Intrado MSAG data
Determine GPS coordinates of all bridges in Washington Parish.
Determine GPS coordinates of ESN (Fire District) boundaries whenever a boundary line crosses a MSAG listed road.
Determine GPS coordinates of all addressed structures in Washington Parish.
Adjust GPS point file of roof top addresses to actual roof tops as shown on the aerial photo layer in GeoPoint.
Add or correct road name data for each roof top address to the MSAG valid name.
Bread crumb all new roads when they are addressed and record road direction, and TO / FROM, LEFT / RIGHT data.
Download new data into Map Info program for final editing and printing
Revise GeoPoint data to match Geo-Comm data.
Using calibrated measuring odometer in Communication District Automobile
Determine the five digit address for all requests from the public and record on field addressing sheets on those roads outside the city limits of Franklinton or Bogalusa.
Determine the three or four digit addresses for all requests from the public on those roads outside the city limits of Franklinton or Bogalusa which were originally given such addresses by the US Post Office.
Where three or four digit addresses are given, also determine the five digit address for future reference and record on field addressing sheets.
Determine the five digit address of all bridges in Washington Parish and record on field addressing sheets.
Determine the five digit address of ESN boundaries when the boundary crosses a MSAG listed road
Using Field Addressing sheets :
Record five digit addresses of houses, structures, etc.
Record bridge addresses
Record ESN boundary address if road is crossed by ESN boundary line.
Compare ESN number for roads on the GeoPoint digital map to that shown on Field sheets and correct field sheets to the ESN number shown on GeoPoint.
Correct ESNís on field sheets to reflect changes
Review road segment data corrections from Geo-Comm when their project is finished and correct field addressing sheets to match new road segments.
Document all road segment changes for MSAG updates.
Add new field sheets for new roads.
File all field addressing data sheets
Using Excel spread sheet program :
Develop template of existing field addressing form
Convert existing field addressing sheets to Excel format.
Using Access data base:
Record addresses issued
Using Map Info software
Perform editing of map information downloaded from GeoPoint.
After editing, burn CD of map data and send to Geo-Comm for additional editing prior to Geo-Comm downloading to PSAPís.
Revise Map Info data to match Geo-Comm data.
Serves as contact for PSAP technical problems by the emergency response agencies
Maintains Emergency Communications Center and Tower Complex
Coordinates technical response to maintenance issues as they arise
Maintains equipment breakdown history and technical service logs
Supply PSAP equipment to the public service law enforcement agencies
Monitor cell tower testing for Phase 1 and 2 performance
Phase II wireless cell testing support to the wireless carriers
VoIP testing support to the service providers
/ Cost Management
of all financial transactions
updates to Washington Parish Assessorís office
activities for the Board and its members
and support the completion of projects to improve performance of present
and support the completion of projects to improve performance of new