Jan 4, 2023 - News
Des Moines fire chief advises people to think before dialing 911
The Des Moines Fire Department responded to a record of nearly 32,500 calls in 2022, according to city data.
- That's about 1,600 more calls compared to 2021.
Why it matters: Nearly two-thirds of calls last year — or 20,265 — were for medical assistance and some could have been avoided, chief John TeKippe said in a video released Tuesday.
The big picture: Last year's numbers are part of a decades long trend where a growing number of the fire department's primary calls are not fire related.
- Unless a call is a true emergency, family doctors or medical clinics are often better resources because they know a patient's history and can provide more specialized care, he said.
The bottom line: Think before you dial.
- A transport via ambulance can cost upwards of $1,000.
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