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Hi Tom, Molly, and Jason–
Sources of the 911 calls? We can attribute most of our emergency calls (Fire/EMS) via cell phone. And yes in our area, E911 does work.
(Background info: Our response district is a primarily a “economically challenged” area.)
*Regular 911 in a city goes to the respective city’s “dispatch center”. Not necessarily the exact city you are in. When they call, the number does not provide additional info like “big dog that bites” on the CAD system. This system is relatively out of date.
*Enhanced 911 is a regional type dispatch center (I think proper term is PSAP or Public Safety Access Point).
Most of the calls get automatically routed to the respective dispatch center-from the info attached to the E911 call.
Additionally, E911 does provide info to our responders like “big dog that bites”. Emergency Responders like this kind of report because it gives us more info and we can get to you faster without your dog biting us.
Note: E911 only works with systems that already have 911.
Regional centers with delay of calls? There are metropolitian areas in the US that have regional call centers (usually county run)--Assigned from Federal Governmnet funding (”Regionalization”). The delay is usually 30 seconds for them to manually route the call.
Again-most of the calls get automatically routed to the respective dispatch center-from the information attached to the E911 call.
Your major worries? In vehicle systems such as OnStar do delay the process because they ask questions like “Are you OK? We show an airbag deployment-Shall I call 911 for you?” Freaking idiots at Onstar. Just call 911 regardless. Obviously, OnStar folks have NEVER seen an airbag deployed…ever. (Note: Just my opinion).
Tom: Last figures I got? 911 service is available to 94% of the US.
But because of the publication of the “911″ emergency number, most of the country ASSUMES that 911 works everywhere.
If anyone has further questions on these issues, I suggest you call your local area Fire Department and they will be happy to help you out.
--Fire Chief Kevin
Buzztown Fire Department
P.S. I believe, since all residents of Buzztown are technologically sound, that we have an E911 or A911 service (Awesome 911)….
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