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May 20, 2012

Re "Requests for rides, refills sap 911 system resources," May 15

The article about non-emergency calls was illuminating. But it also prompted another question: Why must several people respond to every 911 call that involves a so-called medical emergency?

Most of us have witnessed this in our neighborhoods. Even the most innocuous health-related 911calls result in a flotilla of vehicles, including a fire truck and assorted personnel arriving on scene. At the risk of using a bad pun, isn't that overkill?

When our local and state governments are in deep deficits, we can do better than this in allocating precious resources.

Greg Ptacek

Los Angeles

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