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§ 1-304. Enhanced 9-1-1 system required

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic SafetyEffective: October 1, 2020

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Safety (Refs & Annos)
Title 1. Definitions; General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2020
MD Code, Public Safety, § 1-304
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 41, § 18-102
§ 1-304. Enhanced 9-1-1 system required
In general
(a) Each county shall have in operation an enhanced 9-1-1 system.
Multicounty system
(b) If implementation is preceded by cooperative planning, the enhanced 9-1-1 system required under subsection (a) of this section may operate as part of a multicounty system.
Service available through 9-1-1 system
(c)(1) Services available through a 9-1-1 system shall include police, fire fighting, and emergency ambulance services.
(2) Other emergency and civil defense services may be incorporated into the 9-1-1 system at the discretion of the county or counties served by the 9-1-1 system.
Telephone numbers for emergency and nonemergency calls
(d)(1) The digits 9-1-1 are the primary emergency telephone number in the 9-1-1 system.
(2) A public safety agency whose services are available through the 9-1-1 system:
(i) may maintain a separate secondary backup telephone number for emergency calls; and
(ii) shall maintain a separate telephone number for nonemergency calls.
Educational information
(e) Educational information that relates to emergency services made available by the State or a county:
(1) shall designate the number 9-1-1 as the primary emergency telephone number;
(2) may include a separate secondary backup telephone number for emergency calls; and
(3) shall include information on the requirements of § 1-314 of this subtitle.
Notification and referral of requests for emergency services
(f)(1) Each public safety answering point shall notify the public safety agencies in a county 9-1-1 system of requests for emergency services in the county.
(2) Written guidelines shall be developed to govern the referral of requests for emergency services to the appropriate public safety agency.
(3) State, county, and local public safety agencies with concurrent jurisdiction shall have written agreements to ensure a clear understanding of which specific requests for emergency services will be referred to which public safety agency.
Cooperative agreements for allocation of costs
(g) Counties, other units of local government, public safety agencies, and public safety answering points may enter into cooperative agreements for the allocation of maintenance, operational, and capital costs attributable to the 9-1-1 system.


Added by Acts 2003, c. 5, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2019, c. 301, § 1, eff. July 1, 2019; Acts 2019, c. 302, § 1, eff. July 1, 2019; Acts 2020, c. 375, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2020; Acts 2020, c. 376, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2020.
MD Code, Public Safety, § 1-304, MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 1-304
Current through legislation effective through June 1, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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