Are there times when it's not appropriate to call 911?

We do not have any information on parades, bingo, fireworks displays, loss of power or cable TV service when it does not involve a medical or other type of emergency. We also do not send ambulances for pets.

These types of calls tie up call-takers and dispatchers and cause a slower response to real emergencies. We do not and cannot handle these types of calls.

We are, however, trying to keep and maintain a list of services within the county that provide these services. Please refer to the previous question for a link to our non-emergency contact page. It is sure to have info on how to get in touch with whatever agency is hosting your event, and we're working on adding information on veterinary hospitals, utilities, and more to the page.

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1. When should I call 911?
2. What can I do to ensure the fastest possible response?
3. I accidentally dialed 911. What should I do?
4. Why do you ask so many questions when I call?
5. What if I don't have an emergency, but need to reach a police officer, fire department, or ambulance service?
6. Are there times when it's not appropriate to call 911?
7. Don't my address and phone number show up on your caller ID? Why do you have to ask? Doesn't my cell phone tell you my exact location when I call?
8. Why does it take help so long to get here?
9. Is my name going to wind up in the newspaper if I report a crime?
10. Is it true that deactivated cell phones can call 911?
11. Who is answering the phone when I call 911?
12. I have an emergency involving one of my pets. Can you help me?
13. My cat is stuck in a tree! Can you get it down?
14. I want to work as a 911 dispatcher. What special skills and training do I need? Do you have any openings?