Emergency services prepare to switch to new dispatching system
MADAWASKA, Maine — Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office will assume dispatch duties for Madawaska’s safety personnel, including police, fire and emergency medical services.
For the past several years, the local paper mill acted as an answering service for the town’s emergency service providers, according to Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois.
“Due to liability issues and an increased workload for the mill’s security officers, the mill has decided to end service provided to the municipality,” said Dubois. “We are fortunate enough to be able to contract with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.”
Residents of Madawaska should call 911 for any emergencies, and, for non-emergencies, call 1-800-432-7842. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Houlton Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and then routed to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.
The current Madawaska Police Department phone number will still work; however, the calls will also be routed to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.
“We don’t plan on any interruption of service being provided to the Town of Madawaska,” Dubois said.
Follow Morgan Mitchell on Twitter @TheMaineMorgan