Cities and counties across the United States are moving to a new 911 system to keep up with changes in technology.

In Maryland, Thursday marked the first meeting of the newly formed 911 commission. The commission’s goal is to help roll out the Next Generation 911 system which will allow residents to send texts, videos, and photos to operators. Frederick County is the only county in the state that has implemented texting 911. Montgomery County is in the initial stages of putting NextGen in place. 

“Maryland is way out of step with other area states and look at and figure out how to raise the money so that we can make sure to save lives,” said State Senator Cheryl Kagan, (D) Montgomery County.

The commission is tasked with having a report ready by December.