A total of 655 police and fire stations have been connected with BSNL lines to EMRI call centre 108. A government spokesman said 4,355 emergency response personnel of fire brigade and police were trained for this purpose.
Gogoi said that “The 108 emergency service has already created an impact on the state’s health services, especially in dealing with accident-related cases and timely care of pregnant women. The 108 ambulance service has become very popular in the state and as such its network has been further widened by encompassing other services like police, fire and disaster-related incidents.”
The chief minister said that the launching of the integrated emergency helpline will offer much-needed drive to the people living in far-flung and interior areas, including hilly areas.
He added that “The integrated service will go a long way in providing timely relief to affected people at the time of exigencies.”
Health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 100 small ambulances have been pressed into service for the hill areas under the 108 service. For recommendation cases, another fleet of ambulances will be placed shortly, he added.