After using the alert system, nixle for the past year..... wichita falls is switching back to the code red emergency alert system.
And, kenzie meek-beck looked into why.... (--kenzie--) wichita falls fire chief, jon reese says the city's decision to switch back has everything to do with saving tax payer dollars.
((kenzie meek-beck reporting)) people who were already signed up for code red before..
Do not have to sign up again.
But, those who were not signed up..
May want to do so.
City leaders are nixing nixle and going back to code red for alerts.jon reese//wichita falls fire chief "you know it was a really good system.
It just boiled down to the cost and that's the reason we migrated over to nixle was cost and that's the reason we abandoned nixle was cost."
Originally, wichita falls paid a 30 thousand dollar a year subscription fee for code red.... then switching to nixle last year cut that cost in half.jon reese//wichita falls fire chief chief "we went over to nixle mainly because it was a cost savings to the city and it has some social media aspects that we thought would be beneficial to some of the departments."
Recently wichita county negotiated a deal with code red..... where for fifteen thousand a year.... the county and all cities affiliated with it.... can subscribe to the system.
Then, this upcoming budget year.... the cities will get it free because the 911 service fees of the wichita/wilbarger 911 district is paying for that $15 thousand dollar fee.judge woody gossom/ wichita county county "but you know, they've reviewed it and they certainly have good, confident people and they've decided going back with code red is a good deal and luckily the deal we negotiated for the whole county includes everybody and they will get it free of charge."
Jon reese//wichita falls fire chief chief "due to the, you know we are always looking for ways to be good stewards to the city and the tax payers dollars so we swapped back over to code red for the end of june and it's just a seamless transition back to what we had."
While code red is now being utilized.... the wfpd is still using a free version of nixle as well for social media posts.
That will continue.
Continue.(--kenzie--) to sign up for the code red emergency alert system.... we've provided a link and also a number to call inside this story at texomashomepage.com.
(--doug--) thanks kenzie.