BANM Donates Phones to Rescuers and Families of Plane Crash

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is working with the New York City Police Department, Nassau and Suffolk County officials, and the United States Coast Guard, providing cellular phones to emergency services personnel at the scene of the tragic plane crash, as well as to the families of the victims.

At the crash site at Center Moriches, the company has delivered 20 cellular phones for the police and fire departments, and for EMS to help them coordinate recovery operations. Company employees are at the scene distributing the phones and providing on-site support.

At the Ramada Inn at Kennedy Airport, company employees have set up a wireless communications center, providing 50 cellular phones for victims' family members to make free cellular calls.

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Network Department has deployed a portable cell site to provide emergency personnel with additional capacity to ensure their calls are completed. In addition, more than 20 radio channels have been added to the company's cell sites in the vicinity of the crash site.

"The thoughts and prayers of the people of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile go out to the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy," said Rick Conrad, President, New York metro region.