Augusta County Looks to Fix 911 Hang-Ups

By: Evan Fitzgerald
By: Evan Fitzgerald

911 hang-ups are becoming more and more common.

In fact, there were more than 3,000 such calls in Augusta County alone last year.

But a report released at Wednesday's board of supervisors meeting says at least two-thirds of those were not the result of an emergency.

For the next six months, county rescue squads will have the option of waiting for police to arrive on the scene of a 911 hang-up before dispatching.

Supervisors voted 6-1 in favor of the trial period, however it only affects hang-ups. If someone is on the line but unable to speak, the full rescue service will still be dispatched.

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