BY RYAN PFEIL May 02, 2017
The ability to text 911 during an emergency is coming to two Southern Oregon emergency dispatch centers, but officials say the feature should be used only when someone can’t make a 911 call.
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon and Josephine County 911 will be able to receive 911 texts from anyone in Jackson or Josephine counties starting Wednesday. The Klamath 911 Emergency Communications District is testing the service, called “Text-to-911,” now.
The program is an interim software-based solution separate from ECSO’s main system until permanent ability can be built in.
“The entire state of Oregon is working on that,” said ECSO Director Margie Moulin…