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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."
To read more, please visit the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Office Web site.
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