Awareness on 108 Emergency Ambulance services to the School children: Vimukti Pothnal

Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal in collaboration with Health department organized awareness on 108 ambulances service at Utaknoor high school. The main objective is to know the services of 108 emergency helpline in the state and how its functions. The coordinator of the health department explained it in length, saying; the 108 Emergency Ambulance Service is a 24x7 service, which anyone can avail by dialling the number 108 on their phone during the case of any emergency. It could be a medical emergency, a fire emergency, or a crime being committed. The number 108 is a toll-free number and can be dialed from any phone, be it a mobile phone or a landline, at the time of an emergency, without any prefix or suffix. Help reaches the person within 20 minutes. Initially, the person who receives the call at Emergency Response Centre (ERC) takes down the nature of emergency and the location of the caller. Depending on the nature of the call, an ambulance, a fire engine, or police assistance is sent. This is done through the Emergency Response Centre.

The centralized Emergency Response Centre helps coordinate between the Despatch Officer, Emergency Response Centre Physician and the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for getting guidance during transit. Coordination with police and fire department is also facilitated through the Emergency Response Centre. The entire service is free for any citizen. At last all equipments were demonstration to the children in detailed, nearly 450 children benefited from this awareness program.


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