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Saluda County's new 911 center comes online with upgrades

Published: Apr. 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM EDT
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SALUDA COUNTY (WIS) - First responders now have a more improved 911 system to serve the public in Saluda County.

The county 911 center has come online with new upgraded equipment. That includes a new system that gives more information when a person calls in and a new mapping system to guide responders to the scene of an emergency.

The county's emergency management department says it was able to make a lot of the upgrades during the floods of last fall. Most of the $600,000 cost for the project was met through 911 funding and a grant from DHEC.

"The most recent thing we upgraded was actually our radio consoles, and that's when we replaced all the furniture and made the major renovations to the room itself," Saluda County Emergency Management Director Josh Morton said. "Our radio consoles were about 25 years old or so. They actually didn't make parts for them anymore."

Saluda County has also launched Smart 911 service as part of the upgrades.

Members of the public can now go online and create a profile, putting in as much personal information as they want. That profile will then pop up for dispatchers if you make a 911 call.

The website to go to is Smart911.com.

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