Aug 172010
 

So let’s start this out with a quickie definition of what an emergency is and then we’ll talk about what it is NOT (and you will be quite amazed I’m sure)

Emergency: a imminent threat to life or property

Pretty simple eh? One would think…..

Okay, taking this a step further….

Imminent: getting ready to happen (according to Webster’s Dictionary)

Threat: an expression of intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage – now this sounds pretty ominous doesn’t it?

I think the words life & property are pretty easy to get but we must specify that “life” in this case is referring to HUMAN life….

I have mentioned somewhere or another that I was a 9-1-1 operator/police dispatcher. When I first started working in this job, 9-1-1 would ring and I would get that instant thought “Oh Crap”…but then I answer the phone and deal with the emergency…. And the not so much emergency calls….

9-1-1 what is the location of your emergency?”

“There is a man and he’s mowing his grass butt-ass naked!” ( this is a real call, my 1st ever 9-1-1 call)

“Exuse me?”

“There is a man and he’s naked, I got a teenage daughter and she don’t need to see no man’s naked stuff!”

 

9-1-1 what is the location of your emergency?”

“Uh, my TV stopped working.”
“Sir, 9-1-1 is for emergencies. Do you have an emergency?”

“I said my TV stopped working. I don’t know who to call.”

 

9-1-1 what is the location of your emergency?”

“My mommy is trying to make me go to bed.”

“How old are you?”

“5”

“Can I talk to your mommy?”

“No, she’s mad at me cuz I won’t go to bed.”

 

Now the rules of 9-1-1 are simple…. We get a call and the cops go. So, yes, a cop was sent to each of these calls. Simply amazing isn’t it?

 

I know this sounds pretty dumb, and these calls are pretty crazy… but in some respect, we enjoyed them. They helped to relieve the stress/tension and gave us an opportunity to laugh. Because the other calls were horrendous!

 

Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

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