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Lewis County recently made a $1 million investment in 911 system, helping the county's emergency communications become certified by Washington State 911 as Next Generation 911.

Next Generation 911, according to a Lewis County Department of Emergency Services press release, is "the largest and most important nationwide upgrade since 1996." The release states that the $1 million went to a new radio, computer and phone system in the 911 center.

Because of Next Generation 911, Lewis County 911 will have a "faster, more resilient system" that will eventually let people contact emergency services by photo, video and text, the release stated. It will also make its system more speedy and accurate in locating callers.

Lewis County is one of five counties in the state to receive Next Generation certification, according to Communications Manager Dave Anderson.

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