A Wood County Communications frequency used to communicate with fire departments was expected to be back in operation around 9:15 a.m. this morning after an ongoing issue that started Wednesday.
Prior to 7:40 a.m. radio traffic indicated that the fire communications frequency was down.
A previous outage was reported Wednesday morning, and the frequency was back online before noon.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said Wednesday that the issue seemed to involve difficulties for either dispatchers or fire personnel to hear each other on that channel. He said that they switched to a backup channel in the meantime to enable communications.
He said this morning that the issue stemmed from a problem with a tone remote adapter which occurred Wednesday. A Motorola vendor worked on the issue, resetting the adapter, thinking that would take care of the issue.
Wasylyshyn said that today it turned out that an adjustment of the adapter was needed, necessitating taking the adapter offline.
"This is not an unusual thing," Wasylyshyn said Wednesday. "Radios go down, so we have other channels, we have backups."
He said this morning that in these situations, when county fire departments are called out on runs, dispatchers inform them to use the alternate Fire Ops frequency. He said the situation has not caused any issues.