[AI] Emergency! Dial 108 from anywhere

Rajesh Asudani rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Wed Jun 11 00:51:18 EDT 2008


By Our Staff Reporter

Bhopal, June 10:  The Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) will be starting its emergency services in Madhya Pradesh soon. According to a
press statement issued here on Tuesday, Union Telecom minister A Raja has indicated to Health minister Ambumani Ramadoss that 108 is being finalised as
the national toll free trauma care number to the institution. The number 108 could soon become India's version of 911-the number the US dials for emergency,
the release added.

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttarakhand are already using 108 as the emergency toll free number. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu recently signed
an MoU with the Institute for this purpose. States like JK, Assam, and Kerala too are finalising plans for designating 108 for all emergency purposes,
the release informed.

"Once a caller dials 108, a 24 hour call-centre will receive the information, locate an ambulance closest to the emergency spot through GPRS technology
and dispatch it within the golden hour.

The Institute has received top recognition in the health care category at the 2008 computer world honours programme. This award ceremony was held in Washington.
The award was received by Verghese Jacob, chief integrator and lead partner of Byraju Foundation.

When one calls 108 to report an emergency, the call receiver at the Emergency Response Center (ERC) will gather the necessary information, regarding the
type of Emergency and the location of the emergency scene whether, the call is from a District, Mandal, City, Town, exact location, landmark. After gathering
the information, the Dispatch Officer in the Emergency Response Centre dispatches either the Ambulance, Fire vehicle or the Police vehicle depending on
the type of Emergency.


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