Park County Improves Dispatch Capabilities
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 25, 2018
A technological advance at the Park County Dispatch may help save more lives for backcountry hikers, hunters and trail riders who carry satellite phones.
Satellite communications devices that have the capability for two-way texting may now communicate directly with the Park County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office says that by sending a text message to email@example.com, an alarm will sound, notifying on duty communications personnel that an emergency message has been received. Dispatchers can then communicate directly with the device where ever it is located.
Sheriff Scott Steward commented that in emergency situations, speed and clarity are the key to a successful outcome. He says that while the texting capability should never be used in place of the ‘SOS’ button on your device, by contacting the dispatch center directly via text message after pressing the ‘SOS’, you can enhance their response.