AN ACT RELATIVE TO EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court
assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 18A of chapter 6A
of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2000 Official Edition, is hereby amended
by striking out, in line 1, the words "eighteen B to eighteen F" and
inserting in place thereof the following:- 18B to 18I.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 6A is hereby further amended by inserting after section
18H, inserted by section 6 of chapter
61 of the acts of 2002, the following section:-
Section 18I. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a municipality
may modify, change or alter telephone company equipment used in the municipality's
enhanced 911 system in order to permit the monitoring of emergency 911 communications
by the fire department of the municipality at a secure location staffed at all
times by fire department personnel fully trained in such monitoring. The emergency
911 communications shall be monitored in a manner that prevents any broadcast
of them to the general public. The secure location used for monitoring emergency
911 communications shall be restricted to trained fire department personnel
when such communications are being monitored. No such modification or change
in a municipality's telephone company equipment or enhanced 911 system shall
cause any degradation of the state's 911 system.