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Elko County To Discuss Enhanced 911 Service

Elko County wants to implement enhanced 911 services for emergency responders.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the county's dispatch board will pitch the county commission on upgrading the 911 system during Wednesday's meeting.

Enhanced 911 is a system where dispatchers are able to see a caller's location and phone number when a call is placed.

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Dispatchers would also be able to see the name of the person whose phone account is placing the call.

The dispatch board says having the improved service would save them time when trying to send emergency crews to a person's location.

Upfront costs are set to be $230,000 with nearly $150,000 needed yearly to keep the system going.

The costs could be funded by a county surcharge on phone services, which Nevada law allows counties to levy.

Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)