Every Second Counts: Growing Concerns for Emergency Responders

“We are back tonight here with an issue we all need to be more aware of. Most folks don’t spend a lot of time thinking about first responders until they need one. When you do, when you need help, when someone is trying to get to you, seconds feel more like minutes going by. And in our modern era, many …

Delayed 911 response a matter of geography and jurisdictions

Los Angeles residents are often kept waiting for city rescue crews when nearby L.A. County crews could have responded faster. A 30-year-old plan to link dispatch systems hasn’t been implemented. October 20, 2012|By Robert J. Lopez, Ben Welsh and Kate Linthicum Stephanie Hooks pleaded for help after collapsing on the floor of her South Los Angeles home. “I can’t breathe…. …

Hidden house numbers can slow emergency response

From Next Level Readiness Is your address displayed correctly? If not, you may want to check before the City of Greensboro Planning and Development Department shows up at your front door later this month. City leaders are getting ready to start what they call a “Street Numbers Campaign.” The campaign is geared to crackdown on renters and homeowners who are …

Slow response, lack of cooperation bring deadly delays

From USA Today. Pashca West is in a bind. Calls for help are pouring in to the emergency medical dispatcher — a heart attack, a seizure, a diabetic emergency, a car crash — and ambulance crews are not answering their radios. West presses a button and makes another plea over the radio: “Medic 1, and Ambulance 26, are you ready …

The price of just a few seconds lost: People die

From USA Today. When baggage handler Andrew Redyk, 64, collapsed on the job at Los Angeles International Airport, his co-workers leaped into action. One called for help. Another did CPR. The Los Angeles Fire Department sent a nearby fire engine and an ambulance, which arrived at the airport in six and seven minutes, respectively. Officially, their response time was quick …

Phone tax will fund 911 system

From The Spokesman-Review Washington residents are likely to pay an extra 25 cents a month next year for every phone line they have, whether it’s a land line, a cell phone or an Internet-connected system. The House of Representatives passed an increase in phone taxes Friday to pay for enhanced 911 equipment for state and local agencies, following action taken …

Saving America’s 911 system

From Men’s Health The dispatcher had said, “21-year-old male, trouble breathing.” But when paramedics Russ Bryant and Mike Haley arrive on the scene in North Philadelphia a few minutes later, the man is breathing just fine. “What’s going on?” Bryant asks him gently. “I tried to eat a whole stick of butter,” he says. “On a bet. For a thousand …

Lack of house numbers slowing fire, emergency response

From the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Firefighters from the Burton Fire District were racing to reports of a Grays Hill infant who had stopped breathing about two weeks ago when they encountered a familiar and frustrating problem. They couldn’t find the house. “For some reason, the address wouldn’t come up on the engine’s (on-board …