**UPDATE** Orange County EMS says the 911 system has now been fully restored. The original story is below.
Orange County Emergency Services Director Jim Groves says the 911 system is currently experiencing a malfunction that prevents land line callers from connecting with dispatchers.
Instead, calls from land lines are being re-routed to random business and residential numbers, causing confusion and frustration for everyone involved.
To reach Orange County 911 dispatch, call using a cell phone or dial 919-732-5856 from a land line.
Orange County Commissioners will consider spending $1.5 million dollars to upgrade the 911 emergency response system when the board meets Tuesday.
County officials say its time to update the 911 phone system to accept texts, pictures and videos from callers and emergency responders.
The Next Generation 911 Solution, as it’s being called, will cost the county $22,000 to install and nearly $26,000 in recurring expenses, for a total of $1.5 million over the next five years.
While the monthly rate is significantly more than the county has been paying with its current provider, county staffers say the current provider is not able to offer the new services. Some of the money for the new system will come from the state’s 911 Board Emergency Telephone Fund.
The board will also consider moving forward with plans to expand the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road, now that the Chapel Hill Town Council has approved a Special Use Permit for the site.
The Board of County Commissioners meets at 7 o’clock in the Whitted Meeting Room at 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough.
The full agenda is available here: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/occlerks/141007.pdfhttp://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/bocc-consider-adding-texts-videos-911-system/
CHAPEL HILL – A worker fell while doing construction on W. Rosemary St. Wednesday afternoon and then was safely rescued by the Chapel Hill Fire Department.
The worker fell 10 feet from a concrete pillar onto the top floor of the Shortbread Lofts construction site. The Chapel Hill Fire Rescue, Chapel Hill Police Department, and Orange County EMS responded to the call, which came in just after 3:30 p.m.
The rescue effort took about 35 minutes as the worker was lowered using the CHFD’s Tower 73 Aerial apparatus. Parts of Rosemary St. were closed during that time.
The worker was transported to UNC Hospitals; authorities haven’t release his name or condition at this time.http://chapelboro.com/news/fire/worker-falls-from-construction-site-on-w-rosemary/