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Oxnard 911 Upgrade

The Oxnard Police Department has an upgraded phone system thanks to a pilot programOxnard is one five cities chosen by the State 911 Office to participate.Oxnard’s Emergency Communications center handles both police and fire calls. Now it can change locations with a computer code.During disasters the interoperable system will allow dispatchers to log on at the the Simi Valley Police Department or the Sheriff’s Department emergency headquarters in Thousand Oaks and Ventura.The system prepares call centers to receive text messages, video feeds, and photographs.The phone system also enhances wireless callers.The Oxnard Police/Fire Communications Center handles about 1,000 phone calls per day.A majority are now from wireless callers. Dispatchers are responsible for providing Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) instructions, such as CPR.They also dispatch Animal Control and Code Compliance Officers. Share your comments about this story with us on the KEY News Facebook page. Connect with KEY News on Twitter

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