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Interesting 911 Issue

Sadly, a 29-year-old veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department died when he lost control of his car on rain slick roads earlier this week. He was responding to a 911 call in which a woman said that she saw flames in a catering business.

When the firefighters arrived at the business, they could not find any sign of fire so they left. Immediately they started looking for the person that called in what they thought was a prank call.

The woman who called 911 came forward and told them that she really did see a fire. They questioned this person for over three hours before they let her go.

Come to find out, there actually was a fire in the building. The ballast of a florescent light blew out and burned for a while before it went out. The fire did not spread and went out on its own.

What lesson are the authorities trying to get out? A cynic, like me, would say don't bother to call 911 unless there is a massive conflagration. I have called 911 several times after seeing car accidents and once for a medical emergency in a car. Based on this, I am not sure that I would do that again. I know that the authorities were reacting to the loss of one of their comrade, but I really think they went a little overboard with their response.

"Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows." - David T. Wolf (1943 - )