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2/28/2011 @ 10:03:17 am by publicservantsrule.com

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Abuse of the 911 emergency systems can be a serious problem.  The 911 system is intended for serious emergencies only.  People call 911 for all kinds of different, and very trivial things these days.  There are people who call 911 to find out what time local fast food restaurants close.  The 911 system should only be used in real emergencies such as a motor vehicle collision, fire, crime in progress, or a medical emergency.

 

Abuse of the 911 system is illegal in many jurisdictions.  Penalties vary from state to state, county to county and city to city.  When you abuse the 911 system, it prevents the resources from getting to people who do have real and legitimate emergencies.  The delayed responses could result in permanent disabilities and/or even death.

 

If someone repeatedly calls 911 for trivial things he/she could very well have his/her address flagged in the 911 computers as a chronic nuisance caller.  Public safety personnel may not take their complaints seriously when they do have a real emergency.  These callers may be treated as”The Boy Who Called Wolf.”  This also goes for people who call 911 numerous times for the same medical emergency when nothing is actually wrong with them.  When this happens, people including emergency responders, don’t know if the person just trying to get attention again or there is a real problem may not be taken seriously.

 

Think before calling 911.  Only use the system for true emergencies.

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