Mahoning County's next generation 911 system could debut in Febr - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Mahoning County's next generation 911 system could debut in February

Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County is upgrading to a next generation 911 system.

It is a a top of the line system. It's lightning fast, uses fiber optics and a detailed up-to-date database to help emergency dispatchers answer your call for help.

Maggi McGee, who is the 911 Director for Mahoning County, says, "It gives all of the dispatchers a lot of information right up front. It gives them mapping. It shows them locations. It gives them past data. So, it's really a great system coming in."

For example, it can alert police to an address that may have had violent run-ins with the law in the past and the new more detailed map program can give emergency responders a visual to help find you faster.

"We can actually find where you're calling from, so if you're at a ballpark we can actually visualize and see what's going on. Now they have pictometry with it. There are just so many things that are added to 911 that we never had before," McGee says.

The two year, $2-million investment is funded by wireless dollars from the state of Ohio and will help Mahoning County eventually evolve with ever growing and changing technology.

That's expected to include a 911 system capable of not just taking phone calls, but text messages and even video, at some point.

"But right now if we don't change our system up, we don't have the capability of doing that. But we want to be prepared for that. We want to be ready for that," McGee said.

McGee says Mahoning County could be ready to unveil the next generation 911 system in February.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Man charged for urinating on Modell's grave

    Man charged for urinating on Modell's grave

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:58:59 GMT
    Baltimore County authorities say they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the gravesite of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.More >>
    Baltimore County authorities say they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the gravesite of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.
    More >>
  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:47:27 GMT
    The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.More >>
    The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election...More >>
  • 1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:48:43 GMT
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms