MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. -- The Mobile County Communications District announced on Thursday a free service called Smart 9-1-1 is available to all residents of the county.

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According to a news release announcing the service, Smart 9-1-1 allows individuals and families to sign up and fill out a profile that provides key information to first responders. This information will assist those trying to render aid to the caller.

Any special needs situation, medication requirements, emergency contact information, specific instructions or directions and any other information (even pictures) the citizen wants to provide would be made available to emergency responders.

"Smart 9-1-1 saves critical time in an emergency and has proven to save lives nationwide," said Charlie McNichol, Mobile County's 911 director, for the announcement. "The additional information provided in a Smart 9-1-1 profile enables us to know exactly where we are going and gvives more insight into an emergency."

McNichol encouraged people to fill out a profile to help ensure an even faster and more efficient response.

Citizens can sign up at

Smart 9-1-1 is now available in 40 states and more than 1,500 communities across the country.

The service has been credited with impacting the quick location of a missing child where the photo was in the profile and with saving heart attack victims due to medics having prior knowledge before arriving.

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