Agency releases B.C.’s most absurd 9-1-1 calls of 2013
People call 9-1-1 for all sorts of stupid reasons, even here in B.C.
E-Comm, the agency that handles 9-1-1 emergency calls in the Lower Mainland, has released their annual list of the most absurd 9-1-1 calls of 2013.
E-Comm says that it was actually hard to narrow down their list of absurd 9-1-1 calls to just these ten:
1. “I’d like to speak to someone about renting a fire truck to block off a street for a party.”
2. A caller phoned 9-1-1 to get their date’s contact information so they could confirm details of their plans.
3. A caller phoned 9-1-1 to report a missed newspaper delivery.
4. Caller asks 9-1-1 if they can get the ‘OK’ to drive in the HOV lane because “traffic is backed up and they are late for an important meeting.”
5. Caller dials 9-1-1 to activate voicemail on his cellphone.
6. “I threw my phone into the garbage can and can’t get it out.”
7. Caller dials 9-1-1 to ask for a morning wake-up call.
8. Caller dials 9-1-1 to ask how to call the operator.
9. “Can an officer come over to tell my kids to go to bed?”
10. “My son won’t give me the remote control.”
E-Comm says they get about one million 9-1-1 calls a year.
They want to remind people that 9-1-1 is not a public information line — it’s for actual emergencies.
Operators cannot answer questions about power outages, daylight savings time or local and international news.