Ketchikan considers action to fix 911 service

Oct 01, 2013 -- 9:45am
- KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The city of Ketchikan is considering measures to quickly bolster its emergency dispatching system. The city council Thursday will consider waiving procurement requirements to replace flawed equipment now in place. Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett says the 911 switch has the potential to fail at any time. Police first noticed a problem Aug. 13 when a partial failure of a switch interrupted 911 service.  An information technology manager revived three 911 lines but says the lifespan of the arrangement is questionable. Dossett says in a memo that the existing 911 switch is no longer supported by the company that built it. A replacement has an estimated cost of at least $232,000.

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