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Field Workers Update 911 Emergency Response System

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The 911 emergency response system in North Dakota is changing and updating.
You'll soon be able to text 911 and responders will be able to find your address more easily.
Ben Smith goes along with one man who is making sure every new neighborhood is on the map.
A rapidly growing population in North Dakota has affected many industries.  
...including emergency response.
With new housing developments popping up all across the state.
Current address information can be hard to track down.
"It can be challenging for us too because you might be driving out and all of a sudden you see ten new houses and we had no idea they even existed..." Says Jimmy McDonald
So all of a sudden there is a new development there and you gotta stop and get all their information."
Jimmy McDonald is making stops and checking addresses all to make sure responders can find you.
He is one of several GIS or Global Information System workers traveling through Burleigh and Morton counties to check the addresses of every residence, business and commercial building.
It's part of the Statewide Seamless Base Project.
"This should make routing and response time more accurate so the ambulance will know exactly where the call is coming from, where they need to go, and the best way to get to the hospital, to the house, and back and forth."
Field specialists will travel to over 30 counties in North Dakota to verify their address information. 
This project will benefit the public with potentially quicker response times.
A big deal... When seconds can make a difference.
"There's a lot of players involved.  You have your public that calls 911, the telecommunications industry sending the information to a dispatch center, the dispatchers then dispatch out the appropriate responder before they have any services rendered." says Phil Peterschick
Phil says these updates will change the playing field for emergency response in the State of North Dakota.
Reporting in Bismarck, I'm Ben Smith.
Field Technicians will finish gathering data in Burleigh and Morton county by the end of next week.
The Seamless Base Map Project will be complete by the end of 2015.
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