BETHEL - Town officials activated a reverse 911 system to call residents after a glitch led to malfunctions on routine phone lines at the police and fire departments Friday.

The call, which said it was made on behalf of the town of Bethel, said phone lines to the town's police and fire departments were not working, but that the 911 system was working.


First Selectman Bob Burke said the problem was with the town's carrier, AT&T, but emphasized that the 911 system was still functioning.

"The regular lines are going to be down for a few hours," he said just before 9 p.m. Friday. "But we didn't want to miss anyone if they had an emergency or a question. We called everyone in town."