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Stay on the line if you accidentally dial 911

The head of the North Island 911 corporation is reminding people to stay on the line if you accidentally dial 911. Larry Samson says abandoned calls are a huge issue for emergency services across the province.

He says dispatchers at North Island 911 deal with 12,000 abandoned calls each year. He notes it’s easy to accidentally call 911 – you could pocket dial, a child could get a hold of a phone, etc. But he maintains that it’s important to stay on the line.

Samson says emergency services are required to follow-up on abandoned calls to ensure that everyone is okay and the call was in fact an accident.

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