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By Gina Wilder | November 19th, 2012 - 4:38pm
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Assembly Democrats News Release

Quijano Bill to Improve Public Safety by Bolstering Operating Procedures for 911 Dispatchers Released by Assembly Panel

Empowers Operators to Seek Assistance Needed to Save Lives

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano that would enable 9-1-1 operators to quickly make additional requests for ambulatory service if the first call out for aid does not receive a timely response was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-1098) would establish a standard operating procedure for 9-1-1 dispatchers that requires them to call for mutual aid assistance within 10 minutes if the basic life support ambulance service provider initially contacted does not respond.

"From the moment a 9-1-1 dispatcher answers a call, every moment after that is valuable to saving the life of the person or persons on the other end," said Quijano (D-Union). "Mere minutes can make the difference between life and death in a situation. If the first responder does not respond, there should be a second call ready to be made for back up."

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