Hudson Valley first responders get text message alerts

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When there?s an emergency, first responders in the Hudson Valley will now be alerted with a text message.Lakeside Fire Department Chief Tom Carton says 75% of the firefighters are already using the service. The message is an easier and quieter way to notify his volunteers who are typically at work when a call comes in. ?They get a text message, they'll drive to the firehouse, and I have the additional manpower during the daytime when historically, it's our worst period of time for response,? says Carton. Firefighters still get the information from dispatchers through their pagers. Then, within seconds, that same information is sent to their cell phones. This way firefighters get the details for a second time just in case anything was missed. Carton says it's become so popular it won't be long before first responders nationwide get emergency texts.

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