The Zanesville 911 center has a new generator.
The new piece of equipment will now be used to operate the facility if the power were to ever go out. The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency says the need for this piece of equipment was great, considering the former generator had been around since 1965.
"The generator didn’t have the new electronic controls for speed, frequency, voltage, and amplitude. The problem with the other one was mechanical, and it wasn’t always accurate. The voltage would fluctuate up and down," says Deputy Fire Chief, Craig Stemm.
The new generator runs automatically and can have the 911 center up and running in 15 seconds.
"During an emergency the dispatch center cannot be down. If they are down, it just totally disrupts police, fire, EMS….everything," says EMA Director Bo Keck.
The $31,000 piece of equipment was paid with Homeland Security funding obtained by the EMA.