Rescue Lines – Summer 2015 – Texting 911 in Va. Beach

TextingMulti-modal communication is vital in this day and age, and the City of Virginia Beach is the first in South Hampton Roads to make the life-saving adjustment.

Recent developments now allow residents and visitors in emergency situations who are unable to hear or speak, or who are not in a safe situation to speak, to send text messages to 911 instead of having to call. Calling, however, is much preferred by dispatchers if you are able to do so because more information is relayed on a phone call than through texts.

To reach dispatchers, the numbers 9-1-1 are entered into the cell phone where the number dialed would normally be typed. Officials state that an emergency text message to 911 should include the location and a brief description of the situation, but the message can only contain 160 characters.

“We are happy to be the first city in Hampton Roads to implement this program,” says Va. Beach Dept. of EMS Division Chief Ed Brazle. “We hope it will allow us react quickly to emergency situations in which the individual in need of help cannot place a phone call.”

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305 Sandbridge Road
PO Box 6113
Virginia Beach, Va. 23456
(757) 385-2917

Rescue Station 6 – Creeds
595 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Va. 23457
(757) 385-7306 – Creeds

Rescue Station 8 – Virginia Beach
1243 Bayne Drive
Virginia Beach., Va. 23454
(757) 437-4830

Rescue Station 14 – Virginia Beach
740 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Va. 23451
(757) 437-4830

Rescue Station 16 – Plaza
3610 South Plaza Trail
Virginia Beach, Va. 23452
(757) 385-2684

Rescue Station 9 – Kempsville
5145 Ruritan Court
Virginia Beach, Va. 23462
(757) 340-KVRS

Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters And Training Center
4160 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, Va. 23452
(757) 385-1999

Rescue Station 2 – Davis Corner
4672 Haygood Road
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455
(757) 460-7574

Rescue Station 4 – Chesapeake Beach
2211 Greenwell Road
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455
(757) 385-7304

Rescue Station 1 – Ocean Park
3769 Shore Drive
PO Box 5545
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455
(757) 464-0594