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Dumb 911 calls added to deadly backlog during NYC blizzard

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How about the woman last year who called 911 because she couldn't force a fast food place to give her chicken nuggets?

I used to be an EMT. We had folks who would call for a headache that started a week earlier. On the flip side, we had one older woman who had broken her hip and when her son found her on the kitchen floor at 0200, she forbid him to call 911 until 0600 because she didn't want to waken anyone too early.

I really believe there should be citations issued and fines charged for frivolous use of EMS and 911. Yeah, there are some borderline situations, but there are so many that are blatantly ridiculous that something really has to be done.

You can't blacklist people because as soon as you do, some system-abuser will actually finally have an MI, but assessing a fine might get the message across.

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Not wishing to cause offence, New York State is a "welfare" state, and NYC right along with it. One says this as a NY resident born,breed and cannot wait for the day I escape the high taxes and fees imposed upon us all to pay for this nonesense.

You have persons both born here and arrive from other places who think it is there god given right to do what they want, live how they wish to live regardless. You cannot "educate" persons whom do not wish to hear anything beyond what they want to know. Try and deny them anything will lead to nothing but lawsuits and jury awards for "damages".

While these persons were engaging in foolishness, several persons died during the blizzard, including a newborn infant.

Triage via telephone? Oh the ACLU and others would have a field day. Remember this, NYS via it's consitution mandates care for the poor, and the courts have given vast leeway to plantiffs in this matter.

One of the best things could be for "ObamaCare" to force these persons to have insurance, thus pony up a co-pay for unrequired EMS calls. Or, in the case of Medicare/Medicaid, the charges would sooner or later force local and state NY government to do something. As it stands now the city and hospitals eat much of these costs, or try to pass them on (with limited sucess).

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I have some friends that are dispatchers.....they have received calls during Thanksgiving to ask about the correct temperature a turkey should be, ask what time is it, ask for directions, to talk to their kids because they wouldn't listen to them, etc.

When I was working as a FF/paramedic, we responded to a call in a horrible storm. I seriously thought that the hail was going to shatter the windows. 1 ambulance, 1 fire truck and 1 police unit responded. The patient called because he "was scared" that the weather was so bad.

It's not going to stop, unfortunately.

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Our news media in Pittsburgh watch like hawks for the EMS system to make a misstep. However, I have never known them to do a report about silly calls that waste EMS time and tax payer monies. They might have done one but I didn't see it.

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Not wishing to cause offence, New York State is a "welfare" state, and NYC right along with it.

Isn't that like saying "Not to be rude", then saying something incredibly rude?

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