Ohio man calls 911 asking for help fixing air conditioner

Scioto County leaders started a campaign earlier this month asking the public "stop and think" before requesting emergency services

By Leila Merrill

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio — Scioto County leaders have been asking the public to help their stretched-thin, understaffed EMS agency by only calling 911 in the event of a true emergency, but the message isn’t reaching everyone.

On Monday night, the Scioto County Daily News reported, a man called 911 to ask that his air conditioner be fixed. Responders on scene said the man refused medical care.

At the same time, another patient called with a cardiac issue and first responders requested additional personnel, but no one was immediately available. Dispatchers had to send another alert 10 minutes later before a squad was available.

Scioto EMA, Ambulatory services, and Southern Ohio Medical Center launched the “Stop and Think Before You Call” campaign earlier this month.

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