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Jail’s fire detection system fails

A declaration of emergency was announced March 1 following a computer disk drive failure of the fire detection system at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

The emergency was declared by Dennis Cassella, director of the county General Services Department and emergency services director.

Following a closed session at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Cassella announced the system had been repaired.

“The hard drive has been reconstructed, and we don’t anticipate any more problems in the future,” Cassella said. The repair work was completed Monday.

The matter was treated as confidential, Cassella said, out of concern that inmates might take advantage of the situation and start fires to create a diversion, or simply for the sake of making mischief.

The emergency was declared so General Services could expedite a contract to fix the problem quickly without having to go to the supervisors for approval, said Supervisor Bruce Conklin.

The failure occurred within the central control room’s computer hard drive, which tracks the smoke detection system

“At no time was the jail without smoke detection,” Conklin said. “My feeling is there was never any danger to anyone.”

While the system was down, the jail was put on fire watch, additional correctional officers were brought in, and safety checks were stepped up, said Sheriff’s Lt. Lee Osborne.

Osborne said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Communications Center, the Nevada City Fire Department and the 49er Fire Department were notified of the situation. “At no time was there any threat to the safety or security of the facility, inmates or the public,” he said.

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