Broken antenna not affecting emergency calls, Perry County EMA chief says

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (WHTM) – A tower used by Perry County’s 911 communications center has a broken antenna, but the county’s emergency management coordinator says it’s not delaying police and fire calls.

EMA coordinator Richard Fultz said the broken antenna on Blue Mountain was discovered earlier this month. He said the 911 center has been redirecting calls and tones through another antenna, and emergency responders have been advised to sign up for an email alert system that does not rely on the tower.

He says response times have not been affected.

“I just want to ensure the residents of Marysville and Perry County that public safety is our number one priority,” Fultz said. “If a problem is identified with any part of our system, we will have that situation resolved as quickly as we possibly can.”

The broken antenna should be fixed by early November.

Fultz said the county is in the process up upgrading their towers and antennas.

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