Shooting Highlights Importance Of Calling 911

At first instinct if you see someone injured, some people think that they should drive that person to get help. But officials say the best thing to do is call 911.

Over the weekend, friends tried to drive a woman to the hospital who had been shot in Greenville. She died. Greenville Fire & Rescue said it would have been better to call them.

Chief Dough Branch of the Greenville Fire Department said he wants to remind people of the importance of calling 911. "It's very important to have a professional on that scene administering care as quickly as possible."

Four people have been charged for the murder of 22 year-old Kendra Blount.

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  • by advice again on Nov 17, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    hey thanks, i dont think i have one of those signs, so i will get them and let others know...however i think in the situation, the person lived on a 'back road' and they couldnt find the actual road. i think road signs need to be much bigger! do you have GPS? bc i was in an ambulance a few yrs back and they forgot to turn on the road to the hospital (pcmh). im not knockin EMS, whenever ive had to use emergency services (while not at this residence), EMS has done their best, i believe. its just some of these things that make me nervous.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Nov 17, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    People need to remember that EMT's are trained to respond regardless of the situation.I would like to thank all Emt's for all that you do.
  • by To Advice on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    If you do not identify your house by putting a 911 sign (you can get one from your local fire department or even at Wal-Mart) how can anyone find your home? Even having legible numbers on your mailbox or the front of your home would help. I work on an ambulance in a rural area and that is EXACTLY the problem. Identify your house and there will be no problem finding you. Spread the word. Thanks.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 17, 2009 at 01:10 AM
    Problematic of cell phones... when you dial 911 it goes to the area the phone is based first, and you have to ask for the 911 svc for where you are at if u dont happen to be in that base area. I've seen it happen to others and had it happen to me. I've also been on the emergency end of a situation where the 911 call got a slower response than it should have. I suspect there is no real way to know for certain which action is the better of the two... but I think if you are in a truly remote area, dialing 911 WHILE driving towards help might be a good idea.
  • by EMS Personnel on Nov 16, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    I agree with GFR's stance on this. It isn't always possible to simply LOOK at a victim and know they don't have spinal or head injuries. In cases of motor vehicle accidents, gun shot wounds, and assaults, there can be spinal or head injuries that are NOT obvious! Please DO NOT move these people! And yes, I have seen victims walking around prior to EMS arrival and then be found to have broken necks or backs when taken to a hospital. As far as finding the victims, I know there are rural areas in NC that are hard to find. I cannot express how much easier it would be to locate our patients if ALL addresses had the reflective address signs. I know they aren't pretty but they are effective! Many times, our response is slowed because we strain to look for numerics posted on houses. Many of your local fire depts offer these signs at little to no cost. Please everyone, help US help YOU!
  • by GT on Nov 16, 2009 at 05:48 PM
    To: Wonderful Modern 911 can pinpoint locations based either upon lanline telephone service or GPS enabled (just about all of them) cell phones. There is very little chance of police/fire/ems not being able to find you. The responsibility lies NOW with the homeowner/occupant to properly mark your residence with your address numbers.
  • by wonderful advice... on Nov 16, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    this is great advice..just so long as 911 knows where you live. several years back, a friend nearby called 911 and they couldnt find her house. she lives in a rural area (as do i). any paramedics out there know whether this has been resolved? in my mind, the plan would be to drive a person to the hospital, which sounds scary, but i fear i would have to wait too long for 911 to find my house. if someone can tell me if and how this is fixed i will definitely spread the word!

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