Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Are you aware of 108 ?

A True life incident recall of my Office colleague - From Madhan, Safety officer in Ford.
I am sharing my personal experience with "108" (EMRI) on their Quick response. When I travelling from Pondicherry to Coimbatore last Sunday (02-08-09) night by Bus, the bus met an accident with lorry in National Highway nearby "Atthur" Landmark: "Paaventhar college of Arts and Science".
Two of my co-passenger got injured. One was a lady and the second was her baby (15 months old). The lady had an injury in her hand and the baby was motionless. The First-Aid kit is also missing in the bus.
The accident happened at mid-night 00:57am. On seeing the condition of the baby and mother, I immediately called 108 at 00:59 am. Explained the state of injured persons and location of the place, Village, District & Taluk (assisted by a local person). It took around 3 minutes.
At 01:03 am (within a minute) I got a call from 108 with a conference to the district level center & I explained the exact location/ condition of the persons injured. It took around 3 minutes. At 01:08 am, again I got a call from the Ambulance saying that they are on the way to accident spot. To my surprise, the Ambulance reached the spot at 01:17am and started the treatment. The baby was brought to the active state (may be due to timely attempt by 108-EMRI) & medicines given for injured lady. At the end of their treatment both of them came to normal.
The EMRI 108 Ambulance reached the spot within 15 minutes from the receipt of information to them As I am aware of 108 through training given for EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILL conducted in June '09, I could help the co-passengers. (None of the co-passengers were aware of 108)
Kindly share this experience, so that the people can make use of wonderful service provided by EMRI – "108" in TamilNadu. EMRI link http://www.emri.in/ -Karrhikeyan.S
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