Lebanon Rescue Dept. offers reward to determine who is ‘covering’ emergency broadcasts

By Amanda Beland, Foster's Daily Democrat (MCT)
Posted April 23, 2012, at 8:43 p.m.

LEBANON, Maine — The Lebanon Rescue Department is asking for the public’s help in determining the individual or group of people responsible for “covering” over communications between emergency workers on radio scanners.

“Covering” radio communication between emergency workers in emergency situations has become an increased problem not only in Lebanon but in other towns using the Sanford Regional Communications Center, according to a press release from Lebanon Rescue.

The most recent incident occurred on Sunday morning when calls requesting “advanced life support and additional manpower” were covered, requiring emergency crews to leave the affected patient to make phone calls outside the home for emergency services.

According to Jason Cole, assistant chief with Lebanon Rescue, the problem of covering is widespread in southern Maine, with Lebanon police and fire communications being hit especially hard for years.

The act of covering stopped a couple of years ago when the FCC visited the region to curb the activity, but started up once again after the federal organization left.

According to Cole, Lebanon is in the process of setting up sensors that will detect covering activity in the area. If an individual is caught, it is possible he or she would spend time in federal prison if convicted, according to Cole.

While Southern Maine Communications, the county radio vendor, is working to find those involved, Lebanon Rescue will be filing a formal complaint with the FCC on Monday about the issue.

Anyone with information on who may be involved is encouraged to call the local police department. A reward will be given to anyone who provides information that leads to a prosecution of those involved.

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