Title

Where's the Fire?

Authors

Robert Sneddon

Source

Down East

Date

6-1-2013

Pages

30-38

Abstract

“Talk of Maine” piece on Enhanced 911. Basic 911 was introduced in 1968. In 1988, Maine voters approved a bill to establish enhanced 911. In 2008, twenty years later than the projected completion date, the last town was activated. Among the many problems faced by E911 were the numerous unnamed private roads and roads with similar names. State and local officials worked together to ensure that every property in the state now has a unique address. However, the automatic-location identification database does not work with calls originating from cell phones, and last year 65% of all 911 calls in Maine came from cell phones. Next Generation 911, or NG911, will address this issue, as well as capability for texts, VoIP, video, etc.

Subjects

Telephone Emergency reporting systems

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