Newly installed 911 system being investigated

Phone record which shows  the system was called at least three times with no success
Phone record which shows the system was called at least three times with no success

Dominica News Online has been reliably informed that the newly installed, much-touted 911 system is being investigated after many calls to the system during a fracas at a wedding reception in Loubiere failed to go through.

The incident took place last Saturday evening and two people were injured. 

DNO was informed that many on the scene called 911 but nothing happened.

When a reporter from DNO was informed of the incident, he too attempted to call the emergency number on numerous occasions, however, it never rang.

The $1.8-million Emergency 911 (E911), as it is called, was launched in September and officials said then that it would contribute greatly to the safety and security of Dominicans.

They said it would be housed at the Police Headquarters in Roseau and the system will also be installed at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

It was also said at that time that the system has the capability of handling 500 calls on a daily basis.

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31 Comments

  1. no face
    November 3, 2016

    No Justice for the poor in Dominica, if it was a minister wedding etc, they would investigate the matter immediately , they same night , Justice .

  2. Baily
    November 3, 2016

    Dominicans are to negative. The posibility of a new system failing is not surprising. There was nothing in place before the new system, so Stop being so negative, and unthankfull. Bad Dominicans all you all do is sit and wait for failure. What have you all done for Dominica ? Nothing, so shut the hell up.

  3. November 2, 2016

    DNO you mean to tell me the incident happened on Saturday and you wait until Tuesday to publish it. WHAT WERE you doing all the time. I am left to wonder.were you deciding what to say or what not to say. Is this a plan to demerit anything good in Dominica?. You could at least check with the police and confirm whether the system was working or not. AND IT WAS IN ORDER
    DNO you and your negative commentators must stop that hateful and jealous comments and allow Dominica to move ahead. When last did you praise, congratulate or encourage anything good happening inDominica.Ask yourself a question and work on the answer you get

  4. cameron
    November 2, 2016

    EVERYTHING IS UPSIDE DOWN.

  5. The Thinker
    November 2, 2016

    The system is manned in Police Station.The same one. We’re FireArms disappeared.Registry Keys Disappear.
    No official has been brought to account for these events,
    What’s the chance of any one being made accountable for this fiasco?

  6. Bumbble Lee
    November 2, 2016

    This is Dominica; What else is new??? I heard that the 911 call went straight to NYC. :twisted:

    • Sixth nine
      November 2, 2016

      Bumbble Lee,is that all you heard ? Well i am surprised that is all you heard! :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Tell the Facts
      November 2, 2016

      In NYC? Not Canada as it is supposed to go to and re-directed immediately to Dominica?
      Do not make me laugh. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      They need to get their act straight in Dominica – the Police Force – E-911.

  7. curruption
    November 2, 2016

    minister of justice need to do his job……………………..smh

  8. Massacre
    November 2, 2016

    DNO, I want to thank you for your many stories that you have brought to us over the years. But this one lacks lots of pertinent information.
    I think DNO should think before it write. If you cannot provide enough info just wait a few hours to gather a few more points before you post your comments.
    I still do not understand what this story is all about.

    • Tell the Facts
      November 2, 2016

      Strange, you do not understand; it does not make sense to you. It makes a lot of sense to other readers who fully understood it.

  9. buggzy
    November 2, 2016

    1.8 million for a emergency system?????????????????? wt.. sine that ……… government came in power u hearing some type of figures .. 18 million for a bridge…all kind of millions…. dominicans get that incompetent wicked greedy government out of their before it too late.. 17 years in power look at the blasted country..!!!!!

    • 4kreese
      November 3, 2016

      What’s wrong with the country?

  10. Silver fox
    November 2, 2016

    Small island small brains ,OK there are some people here in Dominica especially those of you Workers supporters you people have lots of issues going on in your lifes,New system old system do sometimes fail one could buy a brand new car one mile down the road something could go wrong so what is the problem now, Newly installed 911 system will be up and running again all the stupid negative comments makes you people looking stupid, One message to you Workers party and supporters haters from Lennox Linton, down please all of you get a life and the same goes to Q95 Radio station.

    • truth be told
      November 3, 2016

      this is not a labour/workers thing…..its for all pp cuz when an emergency comes up it has nothing to do with which party….if it affects others then it go sure affect me down the line…so they should ensure that he emergency line is functional all the time….period

  11. Real Talk
    November 2, 2016

    First of all this article does not make any sense and I smell a rat.

    The system has been working and have been receiving hundreds of calls on a daily basis. Every incident that occurs island wide a call is received and the necessary action is taken by the police officers operating the system, so it is a mystery how anyone could say that calls are not going through. Maybe they called the wrong number? LOL

    DNO you said there is an investigation into the E 911 system, can you please for good journalism practices and for clarification purposes state who or what organization has launched this alleged investigation?

    • Tell the Truth
      November 2, 2016

      An investigation by the authorities, as the Police Department. Who else?

  12. Tell the Truth
    November 1, 2016

    When installed, the system was tested to ensure it’s effectiveness. Is this the first time it was used?
    An emergency system must always be operable and constantly manned. What happened, it could not be accessed? This should never have occurred.

  13. Helas!
    November 1, 2016

    why talk now when there are so many un-answered questions! how many calls were made that day prior, was the poor response due to too many calls at the time, did anything even go wrong ? if the persons are responding to an initial call of the event what happens.
    i do hope that answers will be forthcoming!!

  14. Concerned
    November 1, 2016

    Big launching , a lot of smiling faces , signs all over about 911 and in the backend its not working . Why rush to implement a system without throughout testing ? Don’t they know about testing before hand. Yes,bugs and issues can come about but make sure it is working to a certain standard before you release your final beta release . But then again this is how it works here , on the front you see something but in the back is chaos and so some people like it here .

  15. Anonymous
    November 1, 2016

    Yesa DNO!!!

  16. OLI
    November 1, 2016

    Just wait for numerous negative comments. Yes, just wait!!

    • Shameless
      November 2, 2016

      Absolutely, because that is what the story deserves. Gross incompetence and mismanagement must be called out for what it is period. Where is the said Minister Mr. Blackmoore? Cat eat his tongue now? Wow! :twisted:

      Always Assertive! :twisted:

  17. Me
    November 1, 2016

    Don’t tell me, the emergency room was not even manned.

  18. Just Passing Through
    November 1, 2016

    Hopefully all the bugs in the system can be rectified as soon as possible.

    • Me
      November 1, 2016

      How do you fix a bug? Guess you need an entomologist for that – do we have any in Dominica? Perhaps in our case s squirt of BOP will have to suffice.

  19. Tjebe fort
    November 1, 2016

    The phantom has struck again.

  20. street side
    November 1, 2016

    the jokes of dominica continues, yet the educated fools sit back and say nothing

    dominica are too wicked, that’s why nothing will blossom they pretend too dam much

    one labor remains in power nothing will be upswing, evil never makes a island flourish in prosperity and it’s FACTUAL.

    • Tell the Truth
      November 1, 2016

      The problem with some people and their mistake, they place themselves on a higher level than others.
      Some sort of underlying evil is contained in the hearts of everyone. It is also projected in words, be it from time to time. Therefore, you can add yourself to the evil. No one is exempt from it. When you make such a statement, consider yourself.

  21. zandoli
    November 1, 2016

    So you mean all this time, the people who manage this department had no idea calls were not going through?

    My smoke alarm, home alarm and CO detector recommends weekly testing to ensure the system is in working order. This is a national emergency number for crying out loud. Who is responsible for testing the system to ensure it is operational?

    Someone’s head should roll for this snafu.

    • Tjebe fort
      November 1, 2016

      Hahaha, I remember Julius Timothy,then a govt. Minister and now our Ambassador to Mexico (..but as far as I know he doesn’t speak a word of Spanish apart from “si” and “dinero”) saying boldly that we are a third world country. He must have been right after all

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