County Office of Public Safety Communications Earns Award for Dispatch Excellence

Redwood City — Striving for excellence, one call at a time. The San Mateo County Office of Public Safety Communications 9-1-1 dispatch center is being recognized by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) for emergency medical dispatching

Current Job Openings with the Office of Public Safety Communications

The County of San Mateo is now accepting applications. We have opportunities for you to start your career with the Office of Public Safety Communications!

San Mateo County Public Safety Communications Joins the Versaterm Family

Welcome San Mateo County to the Versaterm family! Versaterm extends a warm welcome to San Mateo County Public Safety Communications and their partner agencies as they

An Emergency Response Center Built to Survive the Big One

With the Cold War long over, the County is trading in its cramped and outdated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a new $37 million building to coordinate the response to disasters. It will also serve as a home for the County's  9-1-1 public safety dispatchers, a secure data center and the daily offices of the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services and Division of Homeland Security of the Sheriff’s Office.

Public Safety Dispatchers Are the Vital Link

"No day is ever routine - one call may be a minor traffic accident, while the next is a frantic voice screaming for help." Rarely will you ever get a chance to meet the hundreds of people who call for help, yet they'll depend on your voice, your directions, and your knowledge to get through an emergency.

Coastal Commission fires executive director over objection of hundreds of supporters

The California Coastal Commission fired its executive director Wednesday -- a decision made despite an overwhelming show of public support for the land use agency’s top official. The panel disclosed that it voted 7 to 5 in a private session to dismiss Charles Lester, touching off an emotional scene unique in the agency's 44-year history.

Early education gets a big lift: County school districts receive more than $4M to improve access to preschool, raise literacy

More than $4 million is being granted to four northern San Mateo County school districts to raise literacy rates of hundreds of young students through expanded preschool offerings. The grants announced Wednesday, May 27, are part of a larger effort called the Big Lift, which has collected $28 million with an aim to replicate the initial effort elsewhere in the county.

San Mateo County Launches Initiative to Improve Early Learning

San Mateo County Library and the LENA Research Foundation have announced an initiative to address the cycle of poverty by encouraging parents to increase the quantity and quality of language spoken with their children.

Supervisor Groom Elected Board President; Calls San Mateo County ‘Collaborative, Innovative, Cooperative’

Supervisor Carole Groom will serve as president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2015. She was elected president by her four colleagues at a meeting Tuesday morning at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Redwood City. Speaking from the heart, President Groom noted that the Board will continue to work on special projects that will keep San Mateo County “prosperous and well-positioned for the future,” including sea rise and flooding issues, safe schools and enhanced mental health services especially for children, the revitalization and renaissance of the North Fair Oaks neighborhood and continuing the Big Lift with third grade reading initiatives.

California Coastal Commission pays first visit to San Mateo County

For the first time since its formation more than 40 years ago, the California Coastal Commission paid San Mateo County a visit to review project sites and see what Half Moon Bay, Princeton and Montara have to offer.

County awards $31K to STEM projects

Eighteen San Mateo County teachers received $31,000 in innovation awards from the county fund for projects designed to teach science, technology, engineering and math skills. The STEM funding is an annual way the Board of Supervisors acknowledged student achievement and teacher excellence by offering a chance to use innovative approaches to education.

Officials Implement E-Cig, Smoking Regulations

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to change the definition of "smoking" and "tobacco product" to include electronic smoking devices. The Board also voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking of all types in and around unincorporated multi-unit residences, which include owner-occupied condominiums and townhouses.