Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How Long is Too Long to Wait?

Whether you have a police, medical or fire emergency, 20 minutes is a long time to wait. But is 10 minutes OK? Marshall County 911 upgrades possible
Once outside the city limits in Marshall County, the average response time for a 911 call is 15 to 20 minutes. Captain Donny Raley, communications director for the Marshall County Sheriff's Department says a new enhanced 911 system would cut emergency response time in half.
A lot of bad things can happen in 10 minutes. 20 minutes would seem like an eternity.

Even if they cut the response time in half, as planned, and remember these are average response times - some people will wait longer. You need to have a plan for how you will survive that 10 minutes. Learn CPR. Learn first aid. Keep fire extinguishers on hand. Also consider what you will do if faced with a violent criminal.

You may not have to wait as long as these folks, but you won't get help immediately. (When seconds count, help is minutes away.) What will you do with those minutes?

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