01/10/2010

Ohio city to get new 911 system

Updated, faster-loading maps one benefit over current technology for police and other public safety workers

By Suzanne Hoholik
The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus will be getting a new 911 system that will help police officers, firefighters and paramedics respond faster to emergencies by mapping routes to the exact location of the calls.

"We do have maps, but it's not very good," said Jack Reall, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 67. "By the time the map generates and pulls up on the screen, you're already there. It's slow and clunky."

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