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Layton becomes first in Utah to offer 'Smart911'

Published October 24, 2013 1:22 pm

Emergency services • Upgrades allows quicker access to more information on 911 calls.
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Layton public safety officials have upgraded to "Smart911," becoming the first in Utah to offer the enhanced emergency response service.

Under Smart911, Laytonians will be able to create a free "safety profile" for anyone in their households. Such profiles can also be associated with multiple phone numbers, meaning that if anyone calls 911 from the associated numbers, the profile will pop up on the dispatcher's computer screen.

"The dispatcher can quickly facilitate the proper response to the proper location, even if the caller is unable to speak," stated Layton police Lt. Shawn Horton. "Smart911 saves seconds, and seconds can save lives.

"This program benefits many key groups within our community including families with children; elderly and seniors; victims of domestic violence; those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or blind; families with autistic members; those with physical or developmental disabilities; people with allergies or other medical conditions; and pet owners," Horton added.

Smart911 was formally launched during an open house held Wednesday at the Layton Communications Center.

To learn more about the service, visit this website: http://www.laytoncity.org/public/Depts/Police/Communications/smart911.aspx?menuhelper=0

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