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Wood County second in OH to get new 911 system

WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A new 911 system is going to make communication between the Wood County Sheriff's Office and other county rescue departments a lot easier.

"Next Generation" is a new system currently only used by one other Ohio county. It will allow dispatchers at the Wood County Sheriff's Office to communicate with other departments through Internet instead of the phone.

"We're going to have the latest technologies, the latest abilities to be able to better serve the citizens," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. "Instead of having all our public safety answering points - which we currently have six in Wood County - using phone lines to communicate with everyone, we're using Internet, so we can transfer a lot more data between the different P-saps."

All 911 calls come to the sheriff's office before being transferred to local police or fire departments. Now, instead of having to get the information across through the telephone, dispatchers will be able to do it with the click of a mouse.

The Next Generation system also allows video transfer straight to an officer's car.

"If there was a bank robbery, and an alarm, and we got a video feed of what's going on at the bank…dispatcher can send it right to the deputy, right to the police officer on the streets so they can see exactly what's going on in that building at the time the alarm went off," Wasylyshyn explained.

The sheriff's office will also be able to receive 911 text messages. Currently, the cell phone industry hasn't figured out how to get the stream of text messages to the right 911 center, but once that technology is found, the Wasylyshyn says the Wood County Sheriff's Office is prepared to receive them.

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