HI-TECH HANG-UP FOR BRAVEST

By HASANI GITTENS

October 12, 2002 -- Firefighters looking for rescue from their emotions will have to ring someone else - the phone lines to one of their crisis centers have been cut.

The Project Liberty-affiliated center for stressed-out firefighters - in operation since the day after Sept. 11 - had its phones shut down yesterday when workers from Verizon servicing a neighbor's line accidentally cut theirs.

The Verizon workers "left and said they'd come back in an hour" to fix the line, said the manager of the call center.

They didn't. And when the center called to get them to come back, "they said they couldn't talk to us because AT&T is our carrier."

The manager said she then pleaded with AT&T to restore service, but was told it couldn't be reconnected until Tuesday because of Columbus Day.

Today is "Madison Square Garden Firefighter Memorial," she said. "It's a lot of stress. That's not acceptable"

When The Post called AT&T last night, spokesman Tony Mojica promised he'd try to have the lines fixed by noon today.



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