How To Use E-911
The 911 emergency telephone system is in place to assist citizens with POLICE, MEDICAL
emergencies. It should be realized that non-emergency calls to the 911 system can create delays in handling other very serious emergencies that require immediate attention. The following are guidelines for the proper use of the 911 system for POLICE
|DO NOT CALL 911 FOR NON-EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION.
Examples of NON-EMERGENCY situations are:
Remember, these are general guidelines. If there is any doubt, do not hesitate to call Cleburne County Emergency Medical Services at 256.463.2494.
- MINOR illness or injury not requiring immediate help
- Flu/common cold
- Chronic (ongoing) aches and pain
- Minor cuts
- Broken fingers or toes
- Emotional upsets
- Routine transportation to medical offices, clinics and hospitals
CALL 911 FOR A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY SUCH AS:
Severe injuries from:
- Breathing difficulty/shortness of breath/breathing has stopped.
- Choking (can't talk or breathe)
- Constant chest pain - in adults (lasting longer than two minutes)
- Uncontrollable bleeding/large blood loss
- Drug overdose/poisoning
- Gunshot wounds/stabbings
- Vomiting blood
- Sudden fainting/unconsciousness
- Convulsions/seizures (uncontrolled jerking, movements) The patient may fall to the floor.
- Severe allergic reaction (difficulty breathing/unresponsive)
- Major burns (white or charred skin/blisters and redness over large area).
- Someone who will not wake up, even when you shake them
- Traffic accidents
- Head Injury
- Significant falls
- Physical entrapment (car accident with victim trapped in the vehicle)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL 9-1-1?