I remember from about 10 years ago, when you called 911, they knew where you were. They didn't have to transfer you multiple times if you called. The
2 times I had to call about 10-12 years ago, the calls were from landline phones and multiple emergency personnel responded in a few minutes. Once,
my mother had a seizure (she is not an epileptic), we were in her condo on the 8th floor of a high rise and emergency when I called, they just asked
for the floor and condo number. The first responders took no more than 4 minutes. Another time, my daughter had a nosebleed from both nostrils, it
appeared to be a lot of blood to me. I called 911. within 5 minutes my living room was packed with emergency responders. Turns out, was due to dry
air. Both of those calls were made form landline phones.
In the last 3 months or so, I called for myself. I had an allergic reaction to a common medication. It was prescribed, but is also available OTC. I
didn't know if I was having a dizzy spell or an allergic reaction. I had tunnel vision. I called 911. The person who answered, did not know exactly
where I was. When I noted the village I live in (1/2 mile outside of a huge city), she transferred me. I was having great difficulty fighting
fainting. By the time I was transferred a third time to the proper 911 center, I did faint. Luckily, I was able to communicate my street address to
the 2 previous people. As I fell to the floor, I heard the sirens.
I have wondered about WHY do they not know where I am? My cell phone bill has a 911 charge. One would think that means they know where I am when I
call. Had I committed a crime, I am SURE the government would be able to find me quickly via my phone.
Here is John Oliver describing why this might happen:
originally posted by: xuenchen
Did your cell phone have GPS?
If not, they have to use triangulation and that can be delayed, and the exact location may not show.
Yep, it does. Every other thing I order like a taxi or a pizza, like in the video, can find me. Sometimes I turn GPS off, it uses battery power at
home and data out of the house. Those places still find me once logging in and ordering online. My GPS was on when I called 911.
16-5-2016 by reldra because: (no reason given)
It still hits a cell tower and my call and other people;s calls may hit a tower in a neighboring town.
Still ridiculous, as 80% of 911 calls come from cell phones.
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Don't worry, someday 911 will be privatized and have several levels of 911 responder plans. If you pay for "Premium Lifesaver Service" you will get
bumped to the front of the call queue no matter what, even ahead of other people dying who haven't purchased a more expensive plan.
Sorry no, just means you're gonna die. Problem is no matter how much I pay 911, they're still going to likely show up 15 minutes after I'm dead
anyway. Response times blow due to me living in the sticks. But since I used to be a corpsman, it shouldn't be all that bad a death.
While your GPS does show where you're at, it's not an "accurate to within 10 feet" type of locator. Everything involved in the call affects to
accuracy of GPS. Your type of phone, your carrier, what kind of location you're at (inside a high rise building versus standing on the side of the
road) to how much signal strength you have when you call. Out of all those factors, there's only one thing the emergency communicator has any effect
on, and that's how good their equipment is.
And good equipment costs money.
Which is why you get transferred: your GPS isn't giving a specific enough location to the communicator's computer to get you to the right call center.
Trust me when I say that those of us who are reliant on the emergency communicators for information are usually left more frustrated than the caller
at the inability to get solid information on a person's location. But don't blame the 911 communicator for it.
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