Best/Worst 911 calls of the year
The most ridiculous 9/11 calls of the year have been released by E-Comm – the regional emergency communication centre for southwest BC – and the results are just as zany as previous years.
The following results were submitted for your enjoyment, and as a way to draw attention to the ongoing problem of nuisance calls that tie up phone lines and switchboards used by emergency call operators.
E-Comm’s top-ten 9-1-1 nuisance calls for 2013:
- “I'd like to speak to someone about renting a fire truck to block off a street for a party
- A caller phoned 9-1-1 to get their date’s contact information so they could confirm details of their plans.
- A caller phoned 9-1-1 to report a missed newspaper delivery.
- Caller asks 9-1-1 if they can get the 'OK' to drive in the HOV lane because “traffic is backed up and they are late for an important meeting.”
- Caller dials 9-1-1 to activate voicemail on his cellphone.
- “I threw my phone into the garbage can and can't get it out.”
- Caller dials 9-1-1 to ask for a morning wake-up call.
- Caller dials 9-1-1 to ask how to call the operator.
- “Can an officer come over to tell my kids to go to bed?”
- “My son won’t give me the remote control.”
“More than 2,500 9-1-1 calls flow through E-Comm every day,” says spokesperson Jody Robertson. “Our teams are dedicated to helping to save lives and protect property. For them, having someone call 9-1-1 to ask for ‘the time of day’ is exasperating.
“Sadly, it was hard to narrow down our list of absurd reasons to call 9-1-1 to just ten,” adds Robertson.
“We’re reaching out today to remind the public that 9-1-1 is not an information line, it’s a life-line. 9-1-1 call-takers cannot answers questions about power outages, when the clocks turn back or local or international events. Please use both 9-1-1 and the non-emergency lines responsibly.”
E-Comm tweets its “9-1-1 head scratchers” every Friday and the top-ten list was compiled based on Twitter response from followers and input from staff.
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