Telephones without a balance can call 9-1-1
SANTO DOMINGO. The Presidential Minister, Gustavo Montalvo, reported on Monday that the new National System of Emergency Attention and Safety 9-1-1, will have a unique telephone number, which caller can use for free, even though their phones do not have a balance. (What are called “minutes” by Dominicans)
Montalvo asked the people to take the new system of assistance seriously. It will go into practice at the end of next month, and he asked people to use it when they really need help.
“A system of punishments has been established for those that use the 9-1-1 system improperly. These sanctions can be as much as 15 minimum salaries,” he made clear.
He warned that the improper use could cost the life of someone that really needs the assistance.
The official gave these statements as he formally presented the system yesterday morning to the media directors. He highlighted the fact that the project will operate 24 hours a day, and that in its first stage will work with eight municipalities in Greater Santo Domingo, while in the second stag they plan to include the city of Santiago, the province of Puerto Plata, the tourist areas and the East region of the country. “Thousands of emergencies are not attended each year, starting in May we are going to undergo a radical change, all the emergency services at just one number,” says the document that was provided during the presentation by the minister. It says that to provide assistance there are already 9,000 persons trained, of which 5,250 are Police, 1,336 are AMET, 914 are firemen, and 600 doctors.
The project will also have 700 vehicles, 13 fire engines, 90 motorcycle ambulances, 50 equipped ambulances, 1,300 cameras at strategic points, 4,100 digital radios, 10 hospitals in Santo Domingo with modern emergency rooms. Of the personnel that will attend the telephones, he said that 20% are English speaking.
“We are working according to a timeline and everything is going very well.” The minister said that the system will have everything ready to operate starting in May.
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