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Text 911 now available

Anyone within the area served by the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center, which provides emergency response services in Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest, can now text 911 from a cell phone to report an emergency.

Texts should be brief and include the location and type of help needed. Users also should be prepared to answers questions and follow instructions from the dispatch center.

A call is still more effective for current location technology, officials say, but the text option is there for those who may need it.

A text to 911 cannot include another recipient, may not be available if roaming and may take longer to reach the dispatch center.

Texting should only be used when unable to make a 911 voice call. Texting while driving is against state law.

For more information, call 708.771.9110 or visit