Beginning this month, deaf and speech-impaired residents of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Avon, Somerset, and Wiltshire will be able to contact emergency authorities via text message.
Users can send an SMS message to 80999 in order to summon help from police, fire fighters, ambulance personnel, coastguard, or mountain and cave rescue workers.
“Many of us are fortunate enough not to require the emergency services often, if at all, but just knowing you have access to them can provide immense reassurance,” commented Dave Hayler, chief superintendent of the Avon and Somerset police control room. “This mobile text service gives that reassurance to people who cannot use voice telecommunications and reduces a significant barrier in an emergency situation.”
SMS-based emergency response service first appeared in 2004 on the Isle of Wight, and was subsequently made available in Hampshire.
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