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Outage causes 911 Center to activate emergency plan

March 9, 2012

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan

BROOKVILLE — Despite losing its emergency telephone lines, the Jefferson County 911 Center continued to function with an emergency plan overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

According to a statement from the Jefferson County Commission, the 911 Center experienced a telephone outage around 2:10 a.m. Friday at its center in Pine Creek Township.

“Emergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,” the commission said.

“All calls were re-routed, and at no time were any calls lost at the 911 Center,” the commission said.

The problem was isolated to a copper trunk line through the Windstream network.

“Windstream is working to correct the problem; however, residents in Pine Creek Township and Brookville borough areas may experience telephone problems,” the statement said.

Also, Verizon Wireless customers in the Brookville borough area may also have experienced limited or no cellular service.

Punxsutawney Borough Police lent a hand to the 911 Center during the outage early Friday, said Police Chief Thomas Fedigan.

“Following the malfunction at 911, we began to assist the county with the gathering of information from traffic stops on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for the other local police around the county,” he said.

“We ran questions about the driver and the vehicle during traffic stops, and we were able to assist them in providing support in the calls to 911 and monitoring the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN) and NCIC systems for the rest of the county while 911’s was down,” Fedigan said.

Anyone with questions should call the commission’s office at 814-849-1653.

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