County’s 911 System Experiences Overnight Outage July 9

UPDATED Montgomery County’s emergency 911 system experienced an outage that lasted about two hours Sunday night into early Monday morning.

County Spokerperson Patrick Lacefield told Bethesda Beat that the outage was caused by a malfunctioning air conditioner and electrical power failures.

According to police, residents who called 911 and the non-emergency 301.279.8000 phone lines, received a busy signal between 11:10 p.m. and 1:09 a.m. Police said that alternative methods to report emergencies were put in place.

AlertMontgomery sent an email to residents informing them to contact their local police stations if they experience an emergency. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue along with the police department also kept residents updated through social media.

Police said that both emergency and non-emergency lines are now functional, but there is a possibility that a caller may experience a busy signal while a corrective action is being implemented .

Police have provided the following contacts for residents, in case a caller hears a busy signal in the event of an emergency:

• Call 3-1-1 or 240.777.0311. Police officers and Fire and Rescue personnel are on duty at the MC311 call center to assist with any emergency calls.

• Or call the closest local fire station or police district station.

Public Safety officials urge all residents and business owners to determine now which Fire and Rescue Station and Police District station are closest in the event of an emergency.

Police Stations:
1st District Rockville Station      240.773.6070
2nd District Bethesda Station    240.773.6700
3rd District Silver Spring            240.773.6800
4th District Wheaton                  240-773.5500
5th District Germantown            240.773.6200
6th District Gaithersburg            240.773.5700

Anyone uncertain as to which police district serves a particular community should visit, the Montgomery County Police Department website.

Phone numbers for fire station locations are available on the Fire and Rescue Services website.

911 & non-emergency lines down. A link to District Stations is below – call the station nearest to you for service. 



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