San Francisco Offers 911 Text Option to Support Domestic Violence Survivors During Shelter OrderA new service in San Francisco will allow people in dangerous situations to text 911 instead of calling, city officials announced Friday. The new option is intended for people who are not in a safe place to speak out loud, the deaf and those suffering a medical emergency
East CoCo County Residents Push for More FirefightersSome fed-up East Contra Costa County neighbors are turning to voters to fix their fire departments' slow response times.
New Report Lists Wildfire Evacuation-Challenged Bay Area CitiesA new report released Thursday by San Francisco-based Streetlight Data, Inc. shows which Bay Area cities are likely to be heavily impacted in the case of emergency evacuations due to limited escape routes.
Report: Berkeley 911 Communications Center Is Understaffed, OverworkedIt is taking longer for Berkeley dispatchers to answer 911 calls because the communications center doesn't have enough of them, according to the Berkeley city auditor.
New Software Allows Dispatchers To Pinpoint Location Of Uber Riders Who Call 911The new RapidSOS tech will allow Uber riders using the app's emergency button to be found easily by 911 dispatchers.
Chief Contra Costa Medic Arrested For Suspected Drug PossessionA 19-year veteran of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession, prompting a sweep of all drug stock on emergency vehicles.
CA First Responders Fight 'Frequent Flier' Abuse Of Emergency ServicesFirst responders in California are trying to tackle a crisis that impacts emergency crews across the country: "Frequent fliers" who tie up the system by calling 911 hundreds of times a year.
Santa Cruz County Considers Declaring Local Emergency Over Storm DamageThe Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will look into announcing a local emergency due to heavy rainfall from El Niño storms that has damaged roads and flooded several areas.
Audits Criticize Oakland’s Handling Of Emergency Service TaxesOakland has been improperly increasing parcel taxes for two emergency service programs for the past 10 years even though they have large unspent balances, City Auditor Courtney Ruby said.
San Carlos Nixes Fire Dept. Outsourcing; To Merge With Redwood CityThe San Carlos City Council voted unanimously on Monday in favor of creating a joint fire department with Redwood City.