Sumter County implements Smart911 services for residents

Residents of Sumter County now have an extra layer of emergency protection available to them.

Sumter County administrators recently announced that their communications center has completed the integration of Smart911 services for the county.

Smart911 is a service, without additional cost, that allows citizens to create a safety profile which includes any information they want first responders to have when responding to their call, a news release states. In the event there is a need to dial 9-1-1, the caller’s Smart911 profile will appear on the call taker’s computer screen.

The Public Safety Answering Point, or PSAP, remains the first point of access to emergency services, and each advancement in technology has improved the center’s ability to respond to the community, the release states.

The announcement coincided with the 50th anniversary of 911 service. On Feb. 16, 1968, Alabama state Rep. Rankin Fite made the first 911 test call from Haleyville City Hall, according to the release.

For additional information and to create a safety profile, see smart911.com.

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