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Elko County Moving Forward With Enhanced 911 Plans

The Elko County commission has voted to move forward with plans to create an enhanced 911 service for emergency dispatchers there.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports commission will hold public hearings before drafting the ordinance to start the service.

Once drafted, the ordinance will also be subject to a public hearing.

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

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.)