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Portland to create new first-responder program for low-level medical calls

Officials with the Portland Fire Bureau say the current system is wildly inefficient, clogging up emergency rooms, straining the 911-system and driving up health care costs. On Wednesday, fire bureau officials announced they’re trying to change the status quo with a new type of first-responder program.


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Many Oregonians Can Now Text 911

People in parts Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington can now send text messages to 911 — just don't send emojis, photos or videos.

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