Bill would merge emergency service call lines into a single phone number

The emergency line would centralize the Israel Police, Magen David Adom and Fire Services.

By RACHEL GEIZHALS
August 3, 2009 21:07
The Jerusalem Post

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The contact numbers for the various emergency service centers may soon be combined into one easy-to-remember free line. A new bill proposes that instead of having to memorize the different numbers for each emergency service, people will be able to call one number. The bill was introduced by Knesset Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni and MK Uri Maklev, both of United Torah Judaism, at the end of last month. The emergency line would centralize the Israel Police, Magen David Adom and Fire Services, in addition to any other emergency service offices deemed suitable by the communications minister. It is often difficult for those in need of assistance, especially immigrants, children and the elderly, to remember various numbers. A centralized phone number should make it easier for people to receive the appropriate help quickly. Zeev Kashash, CEO of United Hatzalah of Israel, called this a "blessed and welcome initiative." "It is important to remember that when we speak of saving a person's life, it is forbidden for us to lose even one minute," Kashash said.


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