Improvements slated to 911 in Jefferson County
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Plans for Jefferson County's enhanced 911 service will proceed now that the county commissioners have given their approval, the emergency services director said Friday.
"The reason for it all is seconds do save lives," said Darrell Penwell, director of Emergency Services for Jefferson County.
New software, computers and other equipment will help emergency dispatchers by automatically providing them with the address and phone number of 911 calls when they come in, Penwell said.
The telephone company can start billing Jefferson County a surcharge of $1.90 a month on their phone bill to help fund the program, Penwell said. The initial cost for the project would be $289,000.