This is a little different. While, through the years, we have seen a number of cases of someone keying up or putting false messages on a fire department’s radio system, this is the first time I recall a fire department using social media to call out a suspect. The news story done by WNEP-TV (above and below) does not mention who may be causing this interference. But an April 4 post from the Hazleton Fire Department on its Facebook page gets pretty specific about a suspect and brings a lot of pointed comments.
Firefighters in Luzerne County are turning to police to help them find the person responsible for intentionally interfering with emergency communications on a county-designated radio frequency.
Hazleton Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mandak told Newswatch 16 that he believes the same person has interfered with the frequency used by firefighters in the southern end of Luzerne County several times in the past few months.
Mandak said last Thursday night, the same man used the frequency to tell firefighters that they did not need to respond to the scene, where a pedestrian had reportedly been hit by a train near Vine Street.
Also on STATter911 …
- Raw video: House fire in Hazleton, PA with hydrant problems. – July 5, 2013
- Multiple videos: House fire in West Hazleton, PA. – October 11, 2013
- Early video: Vacant house fire in Pittston, Pennsylvania. – September 17, 2012
- Raw video: Fire in Hazleton, PA abandoned apartment building. – April 11, 2013
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