LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – The Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency is working with the East Palestine Department to come up with a backup system in case dispatching services are knocked out anywhere in the county.
According to the Morning Journal, the county is developing a portable radio that will hold the codes needed to tone out every fire department in the county.
The plan is response to what occurred when a May 30 lightning strike at the East Palestine Police Department triggered a power surge that crippled the communication system, forcing dispatchers and officers to rely on portable radios to communicate.
The village also serves as one of the 911 answering centers under the county’s 911 plan, but when there is a problem 911 calls are automatically transferred to another 911 answering center in the county, which is what happened in this instance.
While dispatchers could talk to firefighters by radio after the lightning strike, they lost the ability to activate the automated notification system for toning out firefighters when needed.