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Johnston County First In Nation To Use Advanced 911 System

Posted June 2, 2004 7:52 a.m. EDT

— One of the fastest-growing counties in North Carolina is about to become a leader in 911 technology.

On Thursday, Johnston County becomes the first in the country to start using a high-tech emergency police dispatch system.

Johnston County 911 director Jason Barbour said he jumped at the chance to test pilot the new computer system that essentially scripts out the questions for each type of emergency.

The scripted questions address every kind of situation -- from a sinking car to weapons of mass destruction.

The software is supposed to speed up calls and allow dispatchers to gather more accurate information.

The Johnston County towns of Clayton and Selma will not be included because they handle their own dispatch work.