Anyone ever called 911 before?

Canada
November 6, 2017 5:26pm CST
I thought when you called 911 they were suppose to stay on the line with you until the ambulance showed up. Not the case today that's for sure. I called and gave my info (in a panic) and the woman said , just hold one moment while I transfer you?! So then I get another person asking for my address etc. who says ok I will dispatch the ambulance and then they hung up on me basically. Such a great thing to do to a worried mother! Also took 10 mins for them to show up and I live in a small town. Imagine if it were a heart attack, wouldn't you be dead by then? Can't wait to pay the bill for it either. Thank god my child is ok!
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10 responses
@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
6 Nov 17
Yes I have actually.. three times. They never stay on the phone, least they didn't with me any of those times. Glad your child is okay!
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
6 Nov 17
I would assume they thought the Mother would want to be overseeing the care of her child until the ambulance arrived instead of staying on the phone. When I had a stroke a few years ago they stayed on the line until the ambulance arrived, but I was alone and on the floor...I'm sure it is different according to circumstances.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
6 Nov 17
@JolietJake yeah, thats true. Didn't think of that.
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• Canada
7 Nov 17
was it for your child? I have an 8 year old that I have never had to call the ambulance for but my 3 year old is a different story.. I have had to call twice already!
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@Happy2BeMe (75424)
• Canada
6 Nov 17
Glad to hear that your child is okay. They are usually keep you on the line until the ambulance arrives. I had to call them when I was having a eart attack. They kept me on the phone and talked me through it until help arrived. They were there with in minutes. I am thankful for that.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
6 Nov 17
If you are the one in the medical emergency, yes they stay on the line.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
6 Nov 17
911 is not required to stay on the phone with you unless you are in some type of distress and the only person there.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
6 Nov 17
Good to know.. thanks JJ
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@shivamani10 (11185)
• Hyderabad, India
6 Nov 17
You are lucky to have such a nice people around you. How is the child now?
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• Canada
7 Nov 17
He's back to his normal self :)
@KristenH (25178)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
7 Nov 17
So glad your kid is okay. The dispatcher needed to contact your nearest EMS to have been routed at your home. So weird about the transfer bit. Yes I have too, when my mother was real sick. Te nearest fire station was across the street from where our apartment was.
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• Bridgton, Maine
6 Nov 17
I once called 911 about eight years ago. I was living in an apartment. And two of my neighbors, a woman and a man, were yelling at each other in the nearby hallway for about the sixth time within two months. Having enough, I called 911 for the first time. A few minutes later, the police paid a visit to these two. Anyway, I'm glad your child is OK, Mary-Ann.
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• Aberdeen, North Carolina
7 Nov 17
They rarely stay on the phone, that's mostly something just done in movies. If someone is calling in as a kidnap victim they would keep you on the phone in an attempt to trace the call. If they need to monitor the patient they will keep you on the phone. That's about it. Most of the times all they'll do is take the info and call you back if they need to ask anymore questions.
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• Canada
7 Nov 17
Yeah I thought about it after and realized it was probably a movie thing. But she basically hung up on me, it felt rude. lol If It were me I would have least said, "try to stay calm, someone will be there soon"
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• Aberdeen, North Carolina
7 Nov 17
@daphers1981 yeah, if she didn't at least let you know that she was disconnecting the call, then that was rude.
@kepweng (19191)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
8 Nov 17
sorry to heard these hope everything is ok i thought 911 is Emergency number of america Only?
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• Canada
8 Nov 17
Nope, we have it here in Canada in most places.
@sugartoes (43336)
• Greencastle, Indiana
7 Nov 17
sometimes they do & sometimes they don't, just be grateful they sent help in due time I hate to see the bill that's for sure, glad to hear your baby is fine & not in danger.
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@mohit459 (12017)
• Haldwani, India
7 Nov 17
What's that??.. I don't know about it !..