Emergency Dispatch Calls in Trouble
At the meeting on Feb. 1, that problem was addressed with the possible rerouting of emergency calls to Audrain County, but emergency responders are worried.
"I think moving the calls to Audrain County will create a whole another set of problems," said Charles Anderson, Director of Ambulance Services. "One concern is [that] response time could double from four minutes, to eight minutes. In a life threatening emergency, time is of the essence, and any increase in response time could certainly have a detrimental effect to patients."
The Audrain County Commission and the Callaway EOC Director will decide next week on whether or not to reroute the emergency calls.
Callaway County Emergency Calling Tips/Facts:
If you do not get through, keep calling.
Calling from a land line, rather than cell phone will ensure EOC's ability to locate you.
Callaway County has not changed their system in 15 years.
2 out of 10 calls have a problem.
A 30% improvement will occur with a new 911 system.