B.C. emergency dispatch releases 2015's most outrageous 911 calls

VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's largest emergency dispatch and 911 call centre has put together a top 10 list for 2015 -- and you don't want to be on it.

See Full Article

E-Comm, which handles emergency calls for 24 B.C. cities, towns and districts while dispatching 33 police and fire departments, has released the 10 most outrageous calls received by staff this year.

These ranged from requests to fish a basketball out of a tree to complaints of one roommate using another's toothbrush.

An exasperated parent even called to report her son would not put on his seatbelt.

But E-Comm spokesperson Jody Robertson says the most frivolous 911 call came from a man who wanted the phone number for a local tire dealership.

Almost 3,400 calls flow through E-Comm every day and Robertson hopes this year's top 10 list of bad calls spreads the message that 911 dispatchers must focus on emergencies and can't take time to manage situations that don't immediately threaten lives or property.

E-Comm's top ten reasons to not call 911:

  1. Requesting the number for a local tire dealership
  2. Reporting an issue with a vending machine
  3. Asking for the non-emergency line
  4. Because a car parked too close to theirs
  5. "My son won’t put his seatbelt on"
  6. Coffee shop is refusing to refill coffee
  7. Asking if it’s okay to park on the street
  8. “My roommate used my toothbrush”
  9. Asking for help getting a basketball out of a tree
  10. Reporting that their building’s air system is too loud and they can’t sleep


Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Two top national security aides who listened to U.S. President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Source
  • Chilean leader acknowledges excess force used in protests

    World News CTV News
    SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's president is struggling to bring calm as demonstrators took to the streets again Monday, a month into a potent protest movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape of the South American nation. Source
  • Deadly attack leaves California Hmong community in shock

    World News CTV News
    FRESNO, Calif. -- A close-knit Hmong community was in shock after gunmen burst into a California backyard gathering and shot 10 men, killing four. "We are right now just trying to figure out what to do, what are the next steps. Source
  • U.S. prison system long plagued by staffing crisis, violence

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view. Source
  • Student protesters hold out as Hong Kong leader urges peaceful resolution

    World News CBC News
    Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a standoff between police and a hold-out group of anti-government protesters at a university could be resolved and she had told police to handle it in a humane way. Source
  • Prince Charles meets New Zealand leader, public

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Prince Charles met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday and later joined wife Camilla to greet people along the Auckland waterfront. The heir apparent to the British throne and the Duchess of Cornwall were on the third day of a weeklong trip to New Zealand. Source
  • 15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING - Authorities in northern China say 15 people were killed and nine injured in a gas explosion inside a coal mine. The blast occurred Monday afternoon, and rescue work was halted early Tuesday morning after everyone was accounted for. Source
  • Judge rebuffs Trump's bid to delay woman's defamation suit

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump lost his latest bid Monday to delay a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit as he faces a Jan. 31 deadline to undergo pretrial questioning in the case, which involves claims of unwanted kissing and groping. Source
  • Thousands of CN Rail employees head on strike, but talks continue

    Canada News CBC News
    About 3,200 Canadian National Railway conductors, trainpersons and yard workers are on strike after the union and company failed to reach a deal by the midnight ET deadline. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union representing the employees, gave the required 72-hour strike notice on the weekend. Source
  • Doctor says Trump's trip to medical centre was 'routine'

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's physician says the president's unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was "for a routine, planned interim checkup." Navy Cdr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, says Trump "has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues. Source