News : Local Officials Remind Public that 9-1-1 is Emergency Number
Cumberland, PA, USA, Jan 15, 2016 -- The Cumberland County Department of Public Safety and officials from the Shippensburg Fire Department issued a news release Thursday reminding the public that all emergencies should be reported by calling 9-1-1 not by calling the local fire department.
In recent weeks a number of emergencies have been reported to Shippensburg area fire companies rather than to the 9-1-1 center, the release said. "These incidents have ranged in severity from gas leaks to electrical fires.
Cumberland County is predominantly served by a volunteer fire service and therefore stations are not always staffed to receive phone calls. Fire stations do not have the resources to properly process and dispatch emergency phone calls.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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