Local residents who are considered deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) now have a way to communicate with 911 dispatchers.
On Wednesday, Woodstock Police Services and their emergency service partners, announced Text with 911 or T911 is a service that is now available across Oxford County.
“Woodstock police are excited about the 911 launch,” said Deputy Chief Darren Sweazey in a release. “This is a progressive piece of technology that is being offered to Oxford County residents, visitors and people travelling through our county. We can now ensure all members of our community are able to communicate with emergency services if required.”
T911 will allow members of the DHHSI community to contact 911 in an emergency and converse via text message, through a special application that allows dispatchers to recognize the call as coming from a registered cell phone that is associated with a DHHSI members.
To be eligible, members of DHHSI community are required to register with their wireless service provider and visit the register link located at www.textwith911.ca.
For a T911 call to be identified, users should be aware that they can only access 911 services from a registered cell phone and only in parts of Canada where the service is available.
Users will be required to first call 911 and from there emergency services will initiate a text conversation.
Users are also asked not to call 911 to verify registration but verify it by checking with their cell phone providers.
For more information visit www.textwith911.ca.
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