MORRISTOWN, NJ  –  Beginning today, Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) will be using helicopter patrols to inspect transmission lines across its service territory to increase service reliability.

JCP&L workers will be examining power line connections and other equipment while small helicopters hover over the transmission lines and towers.  At times, residents may see small helicopters flying at lower altitudes.  These helicopters will provide the workers with a clear view of overhead equipment far more quickly than those working on the ground.

“Helicopter inspections provide a safe, timely and cost-effective way to patrol transmission circuits in their entirety,” said Tony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of Operations.  “The inspections provide valuable information and help us take proactive steps to improve service reliability.”

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The inspections are part of JCP&L’s plan to spend approximately $267 million in 2015 on projects to enhance and maintain a strong electrical system and help meet future load growth in its 13-county service area.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).  JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.