All families should have a list of ambulance services in their local area. Obviously, 911 should be memorized and understood by everyone in the family, beginning at age three if needed. Families should not hesitate to call 911 if they feel like there is anything remotely resembling an emergency in the home. Most families are not aware of the many other ambulance-oriented services in the area. Most communities have a number of different services that can come in for special needs and situations.
Ambulance Services as a Pre-Emptive
Ambulance services are quite versatile and they do not just come into effect for emergencies in the home. For example, ambulance services can be requested to be stationed outside an event hall. Typically, the leader of the event works with the city to get police officers or ambulances stationed if they think it will draw a crowd. It is also possible to get ambulance services for a funeral, sports event, local school program, and other activities in the community.
Families need to be extra aware of the different services that come into play for emergency situations. One staple is the American Association of Poison Control. The Emergency Poison Control has a foothold in almost all local communities. It is a number that can be just as valuable as 911, and should be positioned on the refrigerator wall along the list of other local services.
Metro and Outside Town
Families can also have special handicap ambulance services available and on speed-dial. It can be life-saving for a family with a handicapped member, but the number can also be used when calling on the behalf of a stranger who is in an emergency. The critical care transport or handicap service is invaluable as a community service. There may even be local ambulance services for individuals who are not in the main metro.
All families should make note of both the main metro lines and the local ambulance service lines in regard to poison control, handicap treatment, and emergencies. Though 911 will work, different situations can justify more specific calls to expedite the response.
The services available will vary based on the city. It is valuable to understand how ambulances offer different services to help the community. These services are funded by the local government through tax dollars.