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Texting 911 available for more areas in Northwest BC

Thornhill Fire Department Chief, Rick Boehm, and Terrace RCMP Inspector, Syd Lecky, says this kind of feature will allow people to get the help they need quicker.

Thornhill Fire Department Chief, Rick Boehm, and Terrace RCMP Inspector, Syd Lecky, says this kind of feature will allow people to get the help they need quicker.

Residents in an area across Northwest BC with a sight or hearing impairment can now text 911 their emergency.

The service rolled out for residents in Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo, Kitimat-Stikine and Bulkley-Nechako regional districts.

Thornhill Fire Department chief, Rick Boehm, says it’s a great step to becoming more accessible.

Terrace RCMP inspector, Syd Lecky, says this will allow officials to know about an emergency a lot quicker.

While the service is only available to deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired at this time, both Lecky and Boehm can see this kind of access to 911 be open to more people in the future.

The steps of registering your phone can be found on Text with 911’s website.

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