Frederick County To Offer 911 Texting For Speaking, Hearing Impaired

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Calling for help. That’s what 911 is about. But what if you can’t speak or hear?

Alex DeMetrick reports Frederick County is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to meet that need.

It’s a standard greeting: “Baltimore City 911. Operator 1232. Where’s your emergency?”

But what if you can’t hear the question, or say where that fire is burning or where that ambulance is needed?

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At Frederick County’s 911 center, they have expanded beyond voice communication. Verizon customers can text 911.

“It will be just like a chat session people may be familiar with, where both messages will pop up–the message from the caller and then the text we’re typing to reply,” said Jack Markey, Director, Frederick County Emergency Management. “And we’ll lead them through a series of questions to dispatch the appropriate resources.”

Frederick County is an early adopter of…

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