Originally posted by kingkool
I have lived in Centerville for 15 years and have never heard of this incident.
I was impressed by how many calls this one 911 operator had received about this phenomena (according to the YouTube recording). How many people live
in Centerville? How many people in total called in?
Originally posted by kingkool
I checked the Mufon database an only 12 sighting were reported for Ohio 2004. Not what I would call a "wave" or "flap", but still.
Why is it that relatively few UFO sightings had been received for this area, and were reported to UFO agencies, relating to that night?
I don't know how large the population is in Centerville, but wouldn't this many bugged-out people have resulted in a MUFON investigation? Hell, I
would have made a bigger deal about this. Instead, I get absolutely no indications of real investigation in Google's page 1 results when searching
for "March 6 2004 UFO". Why?
My attempt to figure out how many people called in about this thing resulted me being curious as to how many people 911 Centerville might employ on
any given night, esp. on the night during in the phenomena in question.
To answer my question I happened upon 911 Dispatch Magazine. Here's what they say:
"The most common question among comm center administrators is, "How many dispatchers do I need?" This question focuses on the tasks, number of
consoles and other issues, and cannot be condensed to a single math formula. One would have to perform a time study of the work now being performed at
your center, determine the workload for each hour of the day, and consider the agency's performance goals (answer all calls within 10 seconds, etc.)
in order to determined how many dispatchers to staff on each shift.
However, in many cases, the number of required personnel can be figured pretty simply from the required tasks of an ordinary time period, for an
• you have two radio channels that need constant and individual attention (2 persons)
• you have a warrant/teletype position that handles field requests via radio, enters stolen vehicles, etc. (1 person)
• you have six in-coming 911 lines and 8 administrative lines, have an automated attendent that filters out most administrative calls, and you want
to be able to handle 3 simultaneously 911 calls (3 persons)
So that's a lot of people on staff, but most importantly, according to this source, any locality will want to have enough incoming 911 operators to
handle 3 simultaneous 911 calls at any given time. Which means it's likely that A LOT OF PEOPLE called in about this thing ("A lot" x 3).
That seems like the amount of alarmed 911 calls tallied to these operators may rival (or even exceed) the number of initial UFO reports made during
the Phoenix Lights incident.
So why wasn't this bigger news?
My assumption: this many livid witnesses would have resulted in more reported UFO activity than what surfaces (on the internet) right now.
I am not trying to sow the seeds of doubt. I just want to figure out where the bottleneck in the information lies, and if this problem might be
indications of a 'red flag'.
Conspiracy of silence?
Or evidence of a possible hoax?