Calling 108 and Saving Lives!

By Refadoc, Posted on : Wednesday, 03 September 2014 - 1:23 pm IST

Accidents are rampant all over India. Be it on the road, in homes or in workplaces, they are an everyday occurrence. However, what do people do when they see an accident? Most of us are just the silent spectators, who are left without a clue as to how they can help!

If you are knowledgeable and are at a right place, you can be the reason behind saving many lives altogether. 108 is a free telephone number allocated by the government for the emergency services all over India. This number is currently operational in 18 states and Union territories namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttrakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Odisha, Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

In case of an emergency, when someone dials 108 then he is liable to be provided with 24/7 emergency services comprising of medical service, police as well as fire emergency services. This service is the result of a partnership between the public state governments as well as private EMS providers.

How to avail the emergency services?

When someone dials 108, he registers the emergency and the call taker collects all the required fundamental information regarding the emergency and sends out the required appropriate service.

Some of the essential information gathered is as follows:

The place from where the call has been placed. The operator asks the person for the district, taluka, city, town, landmark etc.
The nature of the emergency
The number of people who have been harmed or injured as well as their condition
The name and contact number of the caller. This is needed in order to gain the location guidance by the emergency services, if needed.
The average time taken by the emergency service to reach the location is around 20 minutes.

The pre hospital care and first aid is provided to the patients on the way to the nearest hospital. The service is provided free of call to the citizens in the above mentioned regions.

The first operations began in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh is known to have a band of more than 800 ambulances covering the entire state.

The number of ambulances available in all the states is as follows:

Andhra Pradesh – 802
Gujarat – 671
Uttarakhand – 245
Goa – 33
Tamil Nadu – 638
Karnataka – 517
Assam – 899
Meghalaya – 47
Madhya Pradesh – 604
Maharashtra - 937
Himachal Pradesh – 174
Chhattisgarh – 540
Uttar Pradesh – 1194
Rajasthan – 592
Kerala – 43
Dadar and Nagar Haveli/ Daman and Diu – 13

This also includes the boat ambulance services as well.

So, the next time when you are caught up in an accident or emergency situations, it is best recommended to dial 108 and avail the emergency relief service free of cost.

Do not remain a mute spectator, when you could step forward and save someone’s life.

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