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911 Calls Drop as Pandemic Takes Hold, Giving Emergency Services Time to Plan, Monitor, Prepare

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AMBRIDGE

Calls to Beaver County’s 911 center in general are down 15 to 20 percent since the coronavirus changed our daily life, said center Director Eric Brewer.

“People are either taking heed, listening and staying home or staying off the roads,” but they’re definitely calling 911 less, Brewer said.

“They’re listening and staying put, let’s put it that way.”

On Monday, 911 dispatchers did get “20 or so” calls from area residents reporting businesses they thought were operating against the governor’s orders. On Tuesday, Brewer said those calls were cut in half. Today, he was out of the Ambridge office and didn’t have figures.

Dispatchers refer those callers to the proper local police department or the state police, Brewer said.

Otherwise, Brewer has been occupied with teleconferences every other day with state, county and local organizations – “logistical calls of if and when we’re getting any additional resources” and how they’ll be used.

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Lori Boone
Lori Boone
Lori DeLauter Boone has more than 20 years of experience in investigative and community journalism. She’s won more than a dozen regional, state and national journalism awards.

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