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Barrow fire honoring 911 anniversary

WINDER -- Barrow County Emergency Services is recognizing April as "911 education month," taking the chance to educate residents on the importance of emergency calling systems.

Local personnel will speak at a few schools throughout the month in addition to efforts to reach adult residents during the month recognized by the National Emergency Number Association. The 911 system began in 1968.

"For (more than) 40 years, 911 has served as the vital link between citizens and emergency services," Chief Dennis Merrifield said. "We have worked hard to educate the citizens for the last 40 years about 911 and have made vast improvements in the 911 system. This month we will work to educate the citizens about how 911 works and what emergencies to call 911 for."

NENA has emergency calling information available on its website at nena.org.