Saskatchewan

911 service for deaf people introduced in Sask.

"Text with 911" is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired.

Hearing, speech impaired people can send text messages to emergency services

People who are hard of hearing needing to contact 911 can now do so via texting on their cellphones. (Micki Cowan/CBC)

A new emergency service for those who are hearing impaired has been introduced in Saskatchewan.

"Text with 911" is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired.

Those who want the service have to register their mobile phone number. They can then text back and forth with 911 operators during an emergency.

Users will still have to dial 911 as usual, but the operator will know to text rather than speak.

The service is also available to family members of hearing impaired people.

People who want to sign up can contact their service provider or check out the Text with 911 website.

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