Fire inspector outlines 911 reporting procedures
By Staff Sgt. Anthony Costin, Fire Inspector
/ Published November 22, 2006
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --
The Emergency 911 system improves security for Airmen in the 4th Fighter Wing. It helps ensure a quick response and, most importantly, save lives.
Seymour Johnson Fire and Emergency Services receive all 911 and 722-0911 telephone calls on base. The 911 system provides dispatching services for fire, police and medical services for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
With the rise of cell-phone use, dialing 911 for an emergency has become an adventure. When reporting an emergency using a cell phone while on the installation, dial 722-0911. Dialing 911 from a cell phone even if you are on base will go to the nearest emergency dispatch call center, not the one on base. This delays the response time of emergency personnel. Callers should be prepared to give the following information:
-Nature of emergency
-And don't hang up until told to do so.
From military housing and base facilities telephones, dial 911 to reach the installation's emergency services personnel.
When reporting a fire, dial 911 and evacuate all personnel from the area to a safe location. Attempt to fight the fire using a portable fire extinguisher using the PASS system.
P- Pull the pin
A- Aim at the base of the fire
S- Squeeze the handle
S- Sweep from side to side to extinguish the fire
Do you know where your fire extinguisher is? What kind of fire is it for? There are several different types of fire extinguishers. Class A extinquishers are used for ordinary combustibles. Class Bs are used for flammable liquids. Class Cs are used for electrical fires. The most common type is the multi-purpose ABC extinguisher that may be used on all three classes of fire.
If you would like more information or would like a home fire safety inspection please call the fire prevention office at 722-3836.