********************Who says that 911 is all serious business? Not anyone who has ever worked in a dispatch center, that's for sure! The stories I could tell you about some of the phone calls I've received would sound like something made up for the movies or TV they're so ridiculous but they're what helps keep most of us sane in a job that is anything but most of the time.
One of the guys I used to work with, who now works for Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications Services, posted the following on his MySpace page and I unashamedly stole them from him (with a note of explanation, of course!). Thanks, Boukie, and it's nice to know you haven't lost your sense of humor either!
Dispatcher : 9-1-1 What is your emergency?
Caller: I heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the brown house on the corner.
Dispatcher: Do you have an address?
Caller: No, I have on a blouse and slacks, why?
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency?
Caller: I'm trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn't have an eleven on it.
Dispatcher: This is nine eleven.
Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one
Dispatcher: Yes, ma'am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing.
Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I'm not stupid.
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What's the nature of your emergency?
Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart
Dispatcher: Is this her first child?
Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!
Caller: Yeah, I'm having trouble breathing. I'm all out of breath. Darn....I think I'm going to pass out.
Dispatcher: Sir, where are you calling from?
Caller: I'm at a pay phone. North and Foster.
Dispatcher: ! Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic?
Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble breathing?
Caller: Running from the Police.