Blair County 911 phone lines operational again after temporary issues

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Blair County 911 phones lines are back and operational after being temporarily down Thursday morning.

According to Blair County EMA Director Mark Taylor, those trying to call 911 couldn’t get through.

The phone lines in the 911 center were down, but have since been restored and 911 can be used once again.

The regional telephone switch serving Bedford, Blair, Fulton and Huntingdon counties experienced a hardware failure on the primary server, according to the Blair County Department of Emergency Services.

“This hardware failure also prevented the planned redundant server to automatically take over the telephone activity,” they said in a release. “All counties went to backup procedures and emergency service agencies were notified until technicians could get on-site and reset the failed piece of hardware. To our knowledge, all calls for service during this time have been followed up on and addressed appropriately.”

Technicians are investigating the root cause of the initial hardware failure.

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