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  • Acts
  • 2002
  • Chapter 195 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.