Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Lot of Bad Things Can Happen in 10 Minutes

And given that this is describing a fairly rural area, that is pretty good response time. Will County: Sheriff's office says call time among best - The Daily Journal
Residents of unincorporated areas of eastern Will County could wait, on average, more than 13 minutes for sheriff's police to respond to a call for help.

The average response time for emergency calls was 11.88 minutes and nonemergency responses averaged 13.47 minutes, according to Will County sheriff's spokesman Pat Barry.
Some people will wait longer than 12 minutes.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but given the nature of response times, even if you can call before a serious crime is committed, you will be on your own for a long time. Maybe you will be on your own for the rest of your life.

1 comment:

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Ten minutes is pretty good for a rural area. The EMS crew I'm on has places in our run area that are 15-20 minutes away, and it's not uncommon for us to arrive before the deputies.

That's yet another reason I carry even on duty - I've been on more than one "possible heart attack" call that turned out to be a GSW to the chest - the caller tells dispatch "My chest hurts," without giving other important details, and the dispatcher thinks it's a medical issue. They can only go by what the caller tells them, after all.

The ones I've had so far were either self-inflicted, or the shooter had run off, but knowing that the lone deputy that was originally dispatched (if that) probably won't be there for another 5-10 minutes is very unsettling.