by: Bryce Derrickson, Ozarks First
Douglas, and Ozark are are among 16 counties using a $770,200 grant to improve 911 area service, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The grant was part of nearly $2 million in grant funding awarded to the Missouri 911 Service Board.
Before the grant Douglas and Ozark counties did not have their own 911 answering equipment.
The grant will allow Douglas and Ozark as well as Howell and Wright counties to receive the installation of Text-to-911 services.
“These are the services that save lives,” said Mike Phillips ENP, President of the Missouri 911 Directors Association. “It’s been 20 years since we’ve seen any of these 16 Missouri counties move up in their service levels. This is going to allow for Douglas County, which has no 911, and Ozark, who had no 911, to allow them to have text and 911.”