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Fayette County (WV) 9-1-1 Back Up & Running After Lightning Strike

Date: 2016-03-17
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The center immediately initiated mutual aid agreements with other counties, allowing neighboring centers to accept, dispatch and monitor all 9-1-1 calls.

from a story by Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald, Beckley (WV) 

 

Technicians are assessing damage at Fayette County (WV) EOC after its communications tower was struck by lightning Monday evening. Kevin Walker, director of Fayette County Office of Emergency Management, said the tower took a direct lightning hit around 5:30 or 6 p.m. Monday and all communications, radio and phone, were lost. The center immediately initiated mutual aid agreements with other counties, allowing neighboring centers to accept, dispatch and monitor all 9-1-1 calls, he said.

Operators and technicians worked through the night to restore service, and as of 3 a.m. Tuesday all phone lines and radios are back up and running, said Walker. "We are operating at a bare minimum right now. We do expect to have some equipment loss, but we won't know exactly what the problems are until technicians come back in and assess the damage, he said.

©2016 The Register-Herald. Read the full story at the Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Register-Herald, 3/16/16)

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