Bees Interrupt 911 Service in Texas Town - @ JEMS.com


Bees Interrupt 911 Service in Texas Town


 
 

Roger Croteau | | Wednesday, September 19, 2007


"All circuits are busy now. Please try your call again later."

It's not what you want to hear when you call 911. But that is what happened Tuesday afternoon for many Hays County, Texas, residents.

A construction worker drilling holes near an H-E-B in Kyle was attacked and stung by bees at about 1 p.m. As he jumped off the tractor, he hit the hydraulic lever, lowering the auger. The auger continued drilling until it cut a fiber optic cable, halting phone service, including 911 connections, to a large part of Hays County.

Crews were working to fix the cable for much of the afternoon, and service was restored at about 8 p.m.

Officials are asking residents not to call 911 to test the line for fear too many calls will overload the system.

"It is affecting service in pockets, in Austin, even down to San Antonio, and pockets throughout the state for people trying to make long-distance calls to Austin," said Jodi Bart, a spokeswoman for AT&T

Bart had no estimate of the number of customers whose telephone service was out. The biggest problem was in Hays County, however, where 911 calls were not working.

County residents were advised to flag down a patrol officer or go to the nearest fire or EMS station. All emergency stations have radio contact with the Sheriff's Office. Other numbers were given out to contact emergency services, but some were working only sporadically.

There were no reports of missed emergencies because of the outage, officials said.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Communications and Dispatch, Industry News, Humor

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Philadelphia Fire Department Apologizes for Medic’s Jab at Police

Union head calls photos a slap in the face of officers.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Crews Blame New Technology for Patient’s Death

Delayed response blamed on recurring dispatch problems.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Suspect Steals, Crashes Maryland Ambulance

One killed, others injured in Prince George’s County crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Tennessee Trench Rescue

Worker pulled from Roane County worksite.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Time’s Ebola Firefighters

Doctors, nurses and others saluted for fighting virus.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Strikes Manhattan Pedestrians

Seven people hurt when car jumps curb.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >