York County 911 paging system back up to full capacity

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County leaders organized a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the county’s malfunctioning emergency paging system.

In late July, GPS signals at transmitter sites were not reaching satellites, forcing first responders to use alternate systems such as handheld radios during the outage.

The meeting held at the York County Department of Services conference center included leaders such as state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill.

“A great deal of spirited conversation on this issue has taken place on social media, which is by no means an ideal forum for healthy, constructive discussion,” Phillips-Hill said. “I commend my staff for doing the leg work needed to organize this meeting and gather all the parties together in one room in the name of public safety.”

County spokesman Mark Walters says the outage caught everyone off guard.

“We had technology that reached an expiration point that we didn’t know about,” Walters said, “and this happened in other parts of the country.”

York County 911 said Wednesday the GPS equipment required to fix the paging outage for was installed in the afternoon, bringing everything back to 100 percent coverage in the evening.

Some people like Ira Walker, chief of the Eureka Fire Company, are calling on county commissioners to conduct an audit following the issues.

“We are in the business of life and property,” Walker said, “and you have to get your volunteers and career people out on a call.”

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