Now, deaf and those with hearing problem can send SMS to emergency numbers

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For the deaf and those with hearing impairment it would be easier to get in touch with emergency services while the government has established a pilot project that allows them to send SMS directly to emergency numbers.

As part of efforts to improve service, the Directorate for Emergency Communication commissioned by the government to establish a pilot project that will be put into operation during the year.

– I am very pleased that the deaf and those with hearing impairment will have the opportunity to communicate directly with emergency phone services, says Justice and Emergency Minister Anders Anundsen.

The new opportunity could help to save lives in situations where those with hearing impairments meeting someone who needs help, according to the Directorate for Emergency Communication.

The pilot project runs for two years and the co-located emergency call center in Bodø will receive all the requests that come via SMS.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today