Leominster Credit Union recently donated $1,250 to the Clinton Fire Department to update their emergency 911 hardware and software technology.
The Clinton Fire Department had requested a donation to assist them in getting the hardware and software needed to update their 30 year old 911 program. The current system can only register land lines and will not register pertinent information needed when a 911 call is received from a cell phone. The only information currently transmitted to the Fire Department is the cell tower closest to the proximity of the caller.
By updating this equipment, the department will have the capability of utilizing software that can automatically provide the phone number and location of the 911 caller. The new system will also provide the longitude and latitude of the caller, which can then be mapped and presented to the department on the computer screen in map form. This will prevent any confusion as to the caller’s location.
“The enhanced 911 system will allow the Fire department to respond more quickly by instantly being able to identify the location of the caller. Even a few minutes can make a difference in the life and death situations the Fire Department responds to,” said John O’Brien, LCU President and CEO. “LCU is truly happy to help make this critical update a possibility. Part of our Mission is to enrich the communities we serve. This is a great example of that.”