CT: Seventy percent of calls to emergency services number constitute misuse of system

Some 70 percent of calls to the Czech Republic’s integrated emergency services number, 112, constitute misuse of the system, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. In Prague that figure is up to 90 percent. The 112 number, which was introduced in 1996, is called every eight seconds, with fire officers, ambulances or police patrols being sent into the field every three minutes. The integrated number is slightly slower than those for individual services, as it involves re-direction by operators.

Author: Ian Willoughby