...unless it's a true emergency.
I know that you, in blogland, are very reasonable and would not call 911 because your kid had nasal congestion for 3 days.
Or because you have an ingrown toenail.
Or because you can't sleep.
But, there are many, many people who make such calls and abuse the 911 system.
Having a fire crew respond to a non-emergency is not to be taken lightly.
In addition to being a drain on a community's resources, it is actually a potential danger to firefighters and civilians alike.
Driving Code 3, that is with lights and sirens, is actually dangerous.
Even the most conscientious engineers are at risk to have accidents.
(Google Image from 2007)
Here are just a few of the tragedies in 2009:
March 19, 2009-Philadelphia - A fire truck and an engine collided going to a false alarm and 9 firefighters and 1 civilian were injured.
April 1, 2009-Houston- Two fire trucks overturned on the way to a false alarm. 11 firefighters and 1 civilian were injured
December 27, 2009-Orlando area- car crashes into fire truck, civilian killed.
Some people call 911 for non-emergencies because they think they will go to the head of the line in the ER.
Others think that fire engines are hospitals on wheels and that they can see the paramedics instead of seeking care from a physician.
Unfortunately there are not consequences for these EMS abusers.
Hopefully, one day there will be a way to control this problem.
Until then, spread the word...Don't call my husband unless it's a real emergency.
Oh, and while I'm at it:
When you see a firetruck responding to an accident on the freeway...please SLOW DOWN. We need daddy to come home.
A firewife who loves her wonderful man. He is my hero.
p.s.I really love what blogger Candace Jean wrote in her comment:
She remembers her grandmother telling her each time she heard a siren that someone needed a prayer.
That is so neat.
I am going to do this and teach my kids too. We will pray for the person needing help and the firefighters.