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Canada Hello, 911, is a potato a weapon?: Sask. RCMP releases annual list of worst 'emergency' calls

01:05  24 january  2020
01:05  24 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Telephone operators would usually be left to direct emergency calls if the caller wasn’t sure which department or phone number they needed. Oftentimes there would be further delays upon getting the police or fire department on the line if the clerks who answered the phone were busy with another

In many countries, dialing either 1-1-2 (used in Europe and parts of Asia) or 9-1-1 (used in the Americas) will connect callers to the local emergency services.

Sask. RCMP have released the last list of calls that should not have gone to 911.© Dan Taekema/CBC Sask. RCMP have released the last list of calls that should not have gone to 911.

Saskatchewan RCMP's annual #ReasonsToNotCall911 campaign rolled out this week.

Its goal of the annual list is to highlight situations where calling 911 is not appropriate.

One 2019 caller wanted to know whether a potato would be considered a weapon in a fight.

Another person called 911 to report that their fiance was not helping with wedding planning.

Other highlights included:

  • Someone reporting that their "personal intimate device" had been taken, but that the thief had left the container behind.

  • A person inquiring whether throwing a pickle at someone would get them arrested.

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    911 is an emergency telephone number used in many countries in the Americas. The emergency telephone number is a special case in the country's telephone number plan. Should the caller abandon the call , the line may still be held until the emergency service answers and releases the call .

    How and why was that number selected as the emergency phone number for the entire United States? Soon after, the U.S. Congress agreed to support 911 as the emergency number standard for the nation and passed legislation making 911 the exclusive number for any emergency calling service.

  • Someone asking 911 to pick up their medication because they could not reach their pharmacy over the telephone.

  • A woman who called 911 and asked them to come help her reach something from the top shelf in her home.

  • One person found a "quite large insect" in their toilet. They called 911 to have RCMP help them remove it.

RCMP spokesperson Rob King said that while some of these calls may be funny, they clog up the lines, something that could be trouble when actual life threatening situations happen.

"I just think the proper use of 911 when there's an actual emergency, all of the things that we include in our list were not actual emergencies. In fact most of aren't even police matters," King said.

"Every phone call that comes in, it takes time. Even if you determine right away that it's not something important, you may be on the phone with someone for three, four, or five, or 10 minutes. So that's taking time away."

RCMP wants remind everyone thatl 911 is only for life-threatening emergencies.

You can also call 311 to report to your local RCMP detachment centre if you have a complaint or emergency.

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