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…. …

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 …

Base emergency dispatcher key to life-saving effort

From Inside Sheppard AFB SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Working in the world of emergency response means there are very few “normal” days at the office. For Jason Dandurand, May 10 was anything but a routine day. Dandurand, an emergency dispatcher with the Sheppard Air Force Base Fire Department, was working his shift at approximately 6:39 p.m. when he received a …

Properties without house numbers make emergency response difficult

From the Daily Dunklin Democrat Properties in rural Dunklin County, without house numbers displayed, create difficulties for emergency personnel when dispatched to the residence. Dunklin County 911 Director Richard LaMunion noted that he believed more houses did not have the numbers than those who did. He added that the problem is serious enough that it has caused a concern with …

Why house numbers matter

“Until there is an emergency in your life, your physical address doesn’t matter.” That’s how Kelly Atchley, an employee of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District in Placer County, California, near Lake Tahoe, described people’s attitudes towards house numbers. In that area, mail is delivered to the Post Office. As a result, many people forget to maintain their house numbers. …

Poorly marked house numbers cause problems

From the Lake Cowichan Gazette It is a common problem across British Columbia and North America; emergency responders such as fire, police and EMS experience response delays to improper or poorly marked house numbers. Not all calls that the Lake Cowichan Fire Department respond to are fires so which address we are responding to may not be as obvious as …

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 …

Visible House Numbers Key to Emergency Response Times

From the city of Oakland Park, Florida: In the case of an emergency, such as a medical emergency or fire, a difference in minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Firefighters are equipped with many tools to help improve arrival time. One of these tools is a detailed map of their designated area(s). However, house numbers are imperative …