If you have lived in India and you have had any experience with the emergency services, like the police or the fire brigade, you are in for a shock when you see the emergency service network and the response time anywhere else.

I might have travelled to a lot of countries, but I have lived in only two. And this is one thing that fascinates every Indian immigrant in the US.

The first time I realized this was when I came to the US and was living in a hotel. The fire alarm went off, and by the time I had evacuated my room, the firefighters were already there. I was flabbergasted – yeah, I was that surprised. It happened in LA. After moving to Austin. I have experienced this twice or thrice may be, and they have not failed in surprising me their response time!

911 or the national emergency number of the US has an average turn around time of fewer than 12 minutes, depending on the severity of the emergency. That is like – WOW! You will see the average response time of 100 (Indian police emergency number) to be on the internet as 7-10 minutes. However, I have been in many “emergency” situation back home, and the time doesn’t resonate. It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that most of the US-based television drama and movies don’t show it wrong when they show the efficiency of 911!

Another super impressive emergency service in the US is the Amber alert or the emergency child abduction alert system. Any child abduction information is broadcasted to the general public to help in generating leads. The messages are transmitted as flash networks on all cellphone networks – even if you are on roaming. And it is a very loud and flashy message. Sometimes, very severe weather warnings are also broadcasted in the same way.

Not just that, when you will see the general public’s discipline in helping the emergency services, you will realize that India still needs to learn a lot. Traffic makes space for the ambulances and fire brigades. And if the police is on a chase, people actually follow the rule of driving, leaving one adjacent lane.

This is something that takes times to get used to but for good!


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7 Comments
  1. I have heard that 911 and its services are perfect and they have amazing response time. It is so good. Here we might have to call an ambulance twice thrice before it appears after n hour!!!

  2. Well, this is wonderful.
    The Amber Alert sounds good too. The more efficient such systems, the better for the confidence of the public in them.

    Nice post. Best wishes for the rest of the A2Z. 🙂

  3. The amber alert announcement is necessary in India specially since missing cases are extremely common. Within the span of 2 months, we in Kerala had 2 cases of missing girls whom the entire state was searching for. I’m sure the number would be much higher. Just that these two cases got more attention.

  4. The emergency services in India cannot be compared with that of USA at all. We have a lot to learn from them. I was always surprised by the efficiency of 911 as depicted in many movies and series. Happy to know that it’s reality. Stay safe. Take care. 🙂

    1. I know right! Amber alert is an amazing thing in place. We can only hope that the emergency service like the medical emergency should become easily accessible.

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