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[February 17, 2014]

BRIEF: Victorville sheriff's communication center down after fire suppression system activated [San Bernardino County Sun, Calif. :: ]

(San Bernardino County Sun (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 18--VICTORVILLE -- San Bernardino County sheriff's communication center in Victorville was down for several hours Monday after the halon gas fire supression system was activated in the computer server room, authorities said.


"Valley Control Center assumed operational control of the 911, non-emergency and radio traffic for the department," spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said in an emailed statement.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency's website, the primary benefit to halon gas is its ability to quickly extinguish a fire without damaging items within the room by removing the oxygen that fuels the fire, even though the production of the gas in the U.S. has been banned since 1994.

No specific reason was given for the incident, but Bachman said dispatchers are working through the situation and getting the calls for service to deputies on patrol.

"It is difficult in the sense that all personnel, and possibly some additional dispatchers, were needed to accommodate the additional workload." ___ (c)2014 the San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, Calif.) Visit the San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, Calif.) at www.sbsun.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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