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      Ottumwa's new E911 communication tower proves to be a success thus far

      The E-911 tower last spring.
      It's been nearly a year since the new E911 communications tower was installed in the City of Bridges.

      Wapello County's Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Stevens says the tower went online late last year and since they have had numerous opportunities to test it during power outages and various incidents. He says so far it's been performing exactly as intended. Coverage areas of the tower have increased for fire departments and law enforcement.

      "Right now we're just enjoying being past the construction phase and utilizing the compound and the tower and thus far, everything's working great, so in the future there's a lot of other things we'd like to add, our UPS backup systems are working great, so in the future probably most looking for adding on additional agencies to utilize our investment," Stevens said.

      Stevens says there's room for 25 percent expansion. The next project will be installing more alarming systems to the tower.