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California Moves to Eliminate Delays in 911 Response

posted May 7, 2015, 6:28 PM by Steve Taffee
(TNS) -- When Jordan Soto’s father called 911 from his cellphone while she was having a medical emergency, the call was routed to a dispatch center 30 miles away. Soto lived within a quarter-mile from a Santa Barbara, Calif., fire station, but responders didn’t make it to her home in time, and the 24-year-old died from an accidental drug overdose.

“That shouldn’t have happened,” said Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara. “They got there when it was too late.”

A new California Assembly bill calls for a two-year study to improve accuracy in pinpointing locations of 911 calls made from cellphones. AB 510 seeks to explore ways to eliminate unnecessary delays in emergency care for people in need. The bill was unanimously approved this month by one Assembly committee and now heads to another. Read more…