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Dispatchers evaluated after possible lightning strike at Harford 9-1-1 Center

Date: 2017-08-18
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From a story by David Anderson posted online at The Baltimore Sun/TheAegis on Friday, August 18, 2017.

The building housing Harford County, Maryland, Emergency Operations Center was apparently struck by lightning as thunderstorms rolled through the late Friday afternoon into Friday evening. The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Nine employees were taken to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for evaluation, but one had been released as of late Friday night, county government spokesperson Cindy Mumby told The Baltimore Sun.

A 10th employee who was affected by the incident went home under his own power, Mumby said.

The center, which dispatches police, fire and emergency medical calls, continued operating even though ten call takers and emergency dispatchers reported feeling ill effects from the possible lightning strike, Mumby told the Sun. "There was no interruption in 9-1-1 service," she said. "No dropped calls, no loss of service all calls were dispatched and mitigated."

For more details, read the full story at The Baltimore Sun/The Aegis here

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