Mysterious Static Affects Pa. Fire Departments


Emergency officials in several local counties have called the FCC for help after strange static started interfering with calls on Tuesday afternoon.

Dan Stevens from Westmoreland County Emergency Management said the frequency that Westmoreland, Somerset, Indiana and Fayette County EMS dispatchers has a constant static interference. Stevens said it's affecting the way fire departments are dispatched.

"Something is causing interference. We don't know whether it's a piece of equipment that has malfunctioned somewhere that is causing this or if it's someone maliciously doing this," Stevens said.

Stevens said emergency and ambulance services were not affected by the static.

County emergency officials called the FCC to help find the cause and correct the problem.

Stevens said the four counties have been able to use alternate frequencies to cover about 95 percent of their counties for now.

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