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Some VT Cell Customers to Be Able to Text 9-1-1


For the next six months some Vermont cellular telephone users will be able to text 911 emergency calls for help.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Vermont's Enhanced 911 Board says that Verizon Wireless customers will be able to send a text message to 911 that will be answered at a public service answering point in Williston.

The people who receive the messages will coordinate the emergency response with the appropriate agency.

David Tucker of the Enhanced 911 Board says the trial is intended to examine use of text-to-911 for emergency situations in which someone is hearing impaired or if the caller might be placed in danger if they are overheard making a voice call.

People texting 911 need to remember they must provide location information and they should not use texting slang.

I’m Pat Bradley, WAMC News. 

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