WJTV News Channel 12 - 8 Months Later - F.D. Pager Systems Still Down in Holmes Co.

For eight months the pager system used by Holmes County authorities has been offline after a lightning strike destroyed equipment on a radio tower, West Fire Department Chief Mike Macko said.

8 Months Later - F.D. Pager Systems Still Down in Holmes Co.

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For eight months the pager system used by Holmes County authorities has been offline after a lightning strike destroyed equipment on a radio tower, West Fire Deparment Chief Mike Macko said. For eight months the pager system used by Holmes County authorities has been offline after a lightning strike destroyed equipment on a radio tower, West Fire Deparment Chief Mike Macko said.
Holmes County Sheriff Willie March says dispatchers are now calling individual firefighters on cell phones and he says the system's worked well. Holmes County Sheriff Willie March says dispatchers are now calling individual firefighters on cell phones and he says the system's worked well.
After flames level a home in Holmes County a local fire chief is saying he's frustrated with the area's emergency communications systems.

For eight months the pager system used by Holmes County authorities has been offline after a lightning strike destroyed equipment on a radio tower, West Fire Department Chief Mike Macko said.

Holmes County Sheriff Willie March says dispatchers are now calling individual firefighters on cell phones and he says the system's worked well.

He reports there have been no cases where authorities failed to respond to a 911 calls. That includes last night when a fire destroyed a home off Emory Street.

"With the pager system you can page out more people at one time. but as it is right now we have a telephone system because the pager system is down," Sheriff March said.

"And the dispatcher call out four more fire units [on Monday morning] and all four of them actually ran out of water. I think it would be more of a problem of not having the water lines down where these trucks can refill," Sheriff March said.

Emergency communication officials do not have a timeline for when the pager system will be back up and running.


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