Background: An Electronics Engineer for 28 years
in the high-tech world, Lee Hite retired. For over 10
years he became a technology volunteer
at the Fire/EMS and Police Department in Miami Township,
Clermont County, Ohio. He was a FEMA responder for the 2004
hurricanes in Florida, President of the Clermont County
Citizen Corps, President of the Citizen Police Academy and
President of the Clermont County Citizens Emergency Response
Team. In addition, he was also an active member of the
Clermont County Medical Reserve Corps and the Tri-State County Animal Response Team.
He is author of the software program Look-It-Up that
runs on Police and Fire/EMS vehicles in numerous
Lee received the annual Safety and Justice Award from
Clermont 20/20, recognition from the US Congress, the Ohio
House of Representatives along with the Citizen Award for
Commendation Of Public Service from The Board of County
Commissioners, Clermont County. In addition, he has been an
Amateur Radio Operator (K8CLI) for the past 60 years and
President of the Regional Engineers and Scientists of
This combined experience
revealed many issues that can
slow a rapid response by first responders and easy steps you can
mitigate these issues for a Better 9-1-1 response.
Completing these six steps can
enhance the 9-1-1 response, increase everyone's safety, and
build a more successful partnership for both.
9-1-1 responders constantly train to be prepared for your
emergency, all of them, not just Fire/EMS and Police! Your emergency communications center includes a large
inventory of agencies available for dispatch, but they can't
help you, if they can't FIND YOU. Practice Smart 9-1-1
addressing that works!
Be part of the solution and consider these questions:
Can a first responder see your address at 11:00 p.m.
from a distance of 100 feet arriving from the opposite
direction of the mail service?
2. Who medically speaks for you
when you are unconscious and alone?
3. How do you expect the paramedics
to enter your home when your doors are locked and you cannot unlock them?
4. Does your backup fire hydrant
really work and is it visible?
5. Are your utility emergency
shut-offs visible and do you know where they are?
6. Do you really know what to do when you see or hear Sirens & Lights?
This site is intended for public information and
education. People of all ages have asked me why certain
events happen when they call 9-1-1. This site answers some
of those questions.
The suggestions made here are just
that - suggestions. This information is NOT to be regarded as
advice for medical, law enforcement, firefighting or any
other responder issue. They are MY observations. I
suggest you take a look at these easy actions and consider
implementing them. While
I offer specific recommendations, you should always check
first with the local 9-1-1 center, the Fire/EMS and police
departments about their specific requirements.
I have nothing for sale, I do not seek
sponsorships and I am not seeking donations.
You can contact me
email. I appreciate your feedback.
Leland L. Hite, Maineville, Ohio, USA
All 9-1-1 Centers, Fire/EMS and
Police Departments, Sheriff's Office, Homeowners
Associations and other commercial or noncommercial
organizations: The information, documents and downloads on
this website are open source and free to download and use
for your organization. Under no circumstance are they to be
sold or used to make a profit.