Minneapolis 911 honred
The Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center won an award Tuesday for there efforts during the I-35 bridge collapse the Star Tribune reported.
The 2008 award for 911 Outstanding Call Center was given by the E9-1-1 Institute. The not-for-profit organization based in Washington D.C. promotes emergency call and 911 issues.
The recognition comes from the Aug. 1 bridge collapse. During the first two hours after the collapse the center handled 505 calls. That is more than triple the normal call load.
Employees who also had the day off came into help out with the high demand.
On top of that they worked seamlessly with the emergency services and their radio transmission. During the first six hours of the emergency, only one high-priority transmission received a busy signal according to the Pioneer Press.