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    Default If You Could Pay for a 911 Service -- Would You?

    I often wonder with the amount of foreigners living in the Sosua area... if a private 'North Amercian' style company (not one of the Dominican Watchy services) -- were to offer a subscription based 911 service based on a minimum required membership (eg. mininmum 200 home/condo owners agree to sign on) --- would you pay monthly for that... and if so, how much?

    Just curious - I have often thought that if there were one I would pay for it. Even in the context of having an accident in the apartment and needing to get to the hospital. Or hearing someone trying to break in etc... to scared to check outside etc...

    It is kind of crazy that if something does happen -- there really isn't anywhere to call :S

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    "A private North American" style company with American employees or Dominican ones?
    Would an American work for let's say RD500 per day? Probably not so that would mean one would have to work with Dominican ones. Hmmmmm so where would be the difference then?

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    there are private ambulance companies but in case of emergencies you'd be better off loading the sick person into a car or even a taxi and going directly to the hospital.
    as far security goes, many gated communities have private security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjewell View Post
    I often wonder with the amount of foreigners living in the Sosua area... if a private 'North Amercian' style company (not one of the Dominican Watchy services) -- were to offer a subscription based 911 service based on a minimum required membership (eg. mininmum 200 home/condo owners agree to sign on) --- would you pay monthly for that... and if so, how much?

    Just curious - I have often thought that if there were one I would pay for it. Even in the context of having an accident in the apartment and needing to get to the hospital. Or hearing someone trying to break in etc... to scared to check outside etc...

    It is kind of crazy that if something does happen -- there really isn't anywhere to call :S
    Only if there were an emergency

    A subscription based fire department has been tried in several US areas with disastrous result Not everyone would sign up and when afire occurred at a house of a non payer the FD let it burn, lawsuit still pending There have been others where non payers called and begged for service when their houses caught on fire, offering to immediately pay Not a good idea unless 100% participation is mandatory

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    Nope. Human nature is that it will not happen to me and I will not need such a service. Just my opinion.

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    Not much new news of the new 911 service other than flooded with prank calls. A modern well run ems 911 response system is very expensive. I would not expect much here.

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    I probably would if I was like some of you guys in your middle 60's and up.

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    Even if it was a "North American" company they would still depend on the services here provided by Dominicans..ambulance, fire dept, police, etc. And those services are already sketchy as it is. If there was a way around that then it may work.

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    You forget that you are in the Dominican Republic where neighbours help significantly more than in other countries. When I was shot someone called 911 which didn't work. They called the police but their phone had been disconnected as they hadn't paid it. So a group of Dominicans and Haitians carried me to the local private clinic who didn't want to help, draped me over the back of a motoconcho to go to the nearest town, and then managed to find a jeep, driven by a Dominican who didn't know me, to take me to the local hospital. All of those who helped me turned their T shirts inside out so the police would not see the blood. Nonetheless several were arrested. If you have a problem here, your neighbours will help you out.

    Matilda

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    In the states, most folks pay for 911 as a fee on their phone bill.

    The important thing to remember is that e911 is a component of an overall EMS "system" and to be effective, all of the component parts have to work. So, would I pay for just e911? probably not. Would I pay for an effective EMS system? Yes.

    The prank calls issue is not unique to the DR. Back in my law enforcing days, we had to go on all 911 calls. The vast majority of which were either pranks or accidental (babies are great at dialing "9-1-1" in sequence). For those who remember pagers, it was common to page someone with your number+"911" if you wanted a fast call back. I actually went on a lady once that called 911 because the person who paged her just put "911" on the page. It was pretty hard to keep a straight face when I explained to her that it was unlikely that "911" would page her.

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