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October 27, 2009
Hood River and Wasco Counties get next-generation technology
 
On October 28, Hood River and Wasco Counties Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) or 911 emergency call centers as they are often called, will be getting new equipment. This new next-generation technology will allow dispatchers to respond to emergency calls from either county. If one location is damaged in a disaster, the dispatchers can log on to the other county's system and their response to calls will be seamless.

In time this system will also make it possible for Oregonians to text 911 instead of call.

"Currently texting is not available and it will be a long process to get that availability, but this is the first step," said Shannon Marheine, Oregon Emergency Management 911 Technology Section Lead. "Every PSAP in the state will gradually be upgraded to this type of equipment."

Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for coordination of the 50 PSAPs statewide and the 911 call-taking equipment. "We are looking ahead to the needs of Oregonians in the future," said Marheine.

Over the next few years as equipment at each location is scheduled for upgrade or replacement, OEM will make sure that all equipment is "next generation capable".

Century Link Telephone company will be connecting the two Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in Hood River and Wasco Counties with a brand new Geo-Diverse Plant CML Patriot system which sets up this valuable back-up system and prepares Oregon for the future.

Oregon is one of the first states to begin this process to help its citizens.
 
Contact Info: MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jennifer Bailey,
OEM Public Affairs Coordinator
503-750-8308
503-378-2911 Ext. 22294