News : Top 10 Emergency Calls for 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada, Dec 29, 2015 -- British Columbia's emergency dispatch and 911 call centre has put together a top 10 list for 2015 -- and you don't want to be on it.
E-Comm, which handles emergency calls for 24 B.C. cities, towns and districts while dispatching 33 police and fire departments, has released the 10 most outrageous calls received by staff this year.
These ranged from requests to fish a basketball out of a tree to complaints of one roommate using another's toothbrush.
An exasperated parent even called to report her son would not put on his seatbelt.
But E-Comm spokesperson Jody Robertson says the most frivolous 911 call came from a man who wanted the phone number for a local tire dealership.
Almost 3,400 calls flow through E-Comm every day and Robertson hopes this year's top 10 list of bad calls spreads the message that 911 dispatchers must focus on emergencies and can't take time to manage situations that don't immediately threaten lives or property.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About E-Comm 9-1-1:
E-Comm 9-1-1 is a multi-municipality agency that provides emergency communications operations for the region of southwest British Columbia. The company coordinates 9-1-1 service for police, fire, and ambulance service, providing call-taking and dispatch services for multiple agencies in the Lower Mainland area. E-Comm's service area covers Metro Vancouver (from Lions Bay to Langley), the Sunshine Coast Regional District, south Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Whistler-Howe Sound area serving a population of more than two million residents. The company provides call-taking for all participating municipalities, transferring incoming calls to the appropriate agency. Furthermore, E-Comm provides dispatch services for eleven police departments and nineteen fire departments.
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