(ABC 6 News) -- For decades, an emergency response comes after a phone call, but that will change.
"Taking a quick photo and being able to send that out is something that a lot of people are used to these days," said Ken Jones, Emergency Management Director for the Rochester Fire Department.
Photos or text messages can be preferred or convenient ways to communicate. Nationwide some emergency crews are acknowledging this.
"We're recognizing the fact that digital communication has fundamentally changed the way we communicate," said Timothy Heroff, Captain at Rochester's Police Department.
Minnesota is among 8 states in the nation that are completing a new system called the "next Generation 911 network, or NG911. It's still in the works, but the wiring and equipment to go from analog to digital is in place.