posted on Sep, 16 2011 @ 08:40 AM
an article in Radio Resource Magazine points out 911 call volume is increasing while the number of available operators have been decreasing,
meaning citizens can expect to be on hold as long as EIGHT MINUTES before even talking to an operator.
Not just longer wait times but abandoned calls:
In a 2009 study in California, more than 26 percent of mobile calls were abandoned, Murray said.
Imagine you're on hold for 30 seconds, a minute, two minutes only to hear your call dropped while somebody is kicking that door of yours.
The report throws blame all over the place from cell phone signals to unions to government mandates to layoffs. Many are going so far as to simply say
the entire emergency dispatch system is obsolete and needs to be completely restructured.
You're better off being prepared to fend for yourself and knowing local emergency numbers. Something that rural people have always known to be true.
Now even the urban dependents can't hide from this reality.
Used to be the police were "minutes" away when seconds counted. Looks like wait times will soon be measured in hours.
At least you can have somebody in your ear telling you everything will be alright and help is on the way while you're dying. If your call isnt one of
the 26% that gets abandoned anyway.
One of the cited issues:
Citizens are becoming more and more reliant on government to become involved in personal situations placing an increased
demand on the system
A symptom of a much larger problem.
edit on 16-9-2011 by thisguyrighthere because: (no reason given)