Local September 27, 2013 | 9:23 am

Medina enacts the 9-1-1 emergency response system

Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina yesterday signed the national centralized emergency and security assistance system (9-1-1) into law, which guarantees immediate attention for the population.

The system is slated to start operating in Greater Santo Domingo in December, to ensure the government agencies’ joint response to emergency situations, and save Dominican lives.

Upon making the announcement, Presidency chief of staff Gustavo Montalvo said the 9-1-1 system will be a unified contact number to report any type of emergency with effective response mechanisms. "The country has never had such a tool to respond to the population before. We believe that this system will be an unprecedented improvement in assistance to citizens and visitors in the country."

Once operational, the 9-1-1 system will coordinate the immediate response to an emergency by 15 agencies round-the-clock.

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