York County emergency radio transmissions no longer being jammed

Posted May 09, 2012, at 11:45 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — The person responsible for jamming emergency radio transmissions in York County has apparently stopped, perhaps frightened by the possibility of a federal investigation.

The assistant chief of Lebanon’s rescue department says the last interruption occurred April 22 when his transmissions were blocked as he responded to an emergency, delaying ambulance response.

Jason Cole says he immediately contacted the Federal Communications Commission to try to track the source of the disruptions.

The FCC says it has zero tolerance to emergency band jamming, which is against federal law and can draw steep fines.

Cole tells The Portland Press Herald that the jamming “stopped immediately.”

He says transmissions have also been jammed in North Berwick, Acton, Shapleigh and Limerick in the past several months.

Cole says the jamming is still under investigation.

 

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