Sunday, May 04, 2008

What if you called 911 and they hung up?

FOXNews.com - Police: Slain Wisconsin Student Apparently Dialed 911; Help Not Sent The Left loves the mantra of just call 911 and the police will rescue you in no time.

Kind of hard for the police to rescue you, if they never get notified of your call.
MADISON, Wis. — A college student apparently called 911 from her cell phone shortly before she was killed but a dispatcher hung up, failed to call back and never sent police to investigate, authorities said Thursday.
The dispatcher in question will surely be hit firmly on the knuckles with a large ruler, and be sent back to work answering - or not, as the case may be - more 911 calls. Or maybe not even hit with a ruler. The director of the 911 call center had this to say.
I don't think there's anything to apologize for at this time.
You are free to believe that calling 911 - assuming you have the time - will result in your being saved. You are free to believe in the Easter Bunny. Don't expect me to share your beliefs. [h/t Uncle]

Update: Of course this isn't the only problem, just the most public. 2004 report warned of 911 Center problems.
County officials were warned in 2004 to increase staffing, change procedures and put in place a stronger oversight board.
The meeting of the oversight board was canceled, since that 911 call center director, Rich McVicar, said there was nothing worth discussing. Some oversight.

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