North Ridgeville residents may see helicopters hovering above the power lines, no reason to call 911

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, nah, it’s just FirstEnergy

North Ridgeville residents may see helicopters hovering above the power lines, no reason to call 911
First Energy helicopter

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The North Ridgeville Police Department is trying to get out in front of 911 calls by telling residents the helicopters you may see flying overhead are just inspecting power lines.

The police department was kind enough to tell you what the helicopters are not doing, and that includes not spying on you, or looking for “Jack the Ripper running through backyards”

What are they doing?

From July 15 through Aug. 31 FirstEnergy is inspecting all their lines and will be flying 300 feet above the lines using two helicopters.

A spokeperson for FirstEnergy called the effort the annual vegetation management program.

“The idea is to make sure the system is as reliable as possible,” Jennifer Young, a spokesperson told 19 News.

The helicopters will be moving slowly, 35-40 mph.

The helicopters are simply quicker and a more efficient way to trace thousands of miles of high tension lines.

FirstEnergy has 12,500 miles of high tension lines in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

Spread the word, the North Ridgeville Police Department is eager to keep 911 for emergencies only.

Ok, we’re going to try to get in front of this this time in hopes of heading off the phone calls and panicked FB posts....

Posted by North Ridgeville Police Department on Monday, July 15, 2019

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