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County dispatch system passes Y2K test

September 01, 1999

The Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications' Computer Aided Dispatch system passed a Y2K test on Friday.

Some computer software and hardware is expected to have problems on Jan. 1, 2000, so many governments and businesses are testing the products to prevent any so-called "Year 2000" difficulties.

The county uses a software system to enter information for 911 calls and to obtain information on computers, in addition to other tasks.

For the test the computer's clock was changed to Jan. 1, 2000, and mock data was entered. No problems occurred, said CAD Administrator Roy Lescalleet.

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"In summary, the CAD system should have no problems with the Y2K bug," Lescalleet said.

During the test regular dispatch was done via the Washington County Sheriff's Department's system. The two systems serve as backups to each other, County Spokesman Norman Bassett said.

A manual dispatch system can be used if the computers are not working, he said.

- Scott Butki

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