Members of the Arkansas County Judges’ Association join together with intent to improve 9-1-1 system

Members of the Arkansas County Judges’ Association join together with intent to improve 9-1-1 system

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Members of the County Judges’ Association of Arkansas gathered together Monday to discuss improving technology in 9-1-1 service.

The meeting on at the Arkansas State Capitol was an announcement of the intent to file a bill known as The Arkansas Public Safety Act of 2019.

County officials said the goal is to promote the welfare and safety of the residents of Arkansas.

Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said the proposed bill would help with funding to allow emergency responders to get to those in need more quickly and efficiently.

“When the system was created it was based off of landlines," Day said. “Predominately our system, 90 percent of our calls are from cell phones."

Day said the proposed bill would improve the accuracy of the cell phones to allow a quicker response time from emergency responders.

The proposed bill contains several main components.

First, the transformation of the state’s 9-1-1 Network, which will allow for better accuracy for emergency calls from cell phones.

Next, the bill would reorganize the Emergency Telephone Services Board into the Arkansas 9-1-1 Board, which will set standards for 911 Centers across the state leading to consolidated centers handling the calls and reducing the number of times a call has to be transferred.

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