Island EMS hopes emergency tape around accident vehicles will cut down on 911 calls

Island EMS has launched a new pilot program it hopes will cut down on repeat calls over car accidents.

Pilot project could be introduced in other provinces

Yellow emergency tape will be used by Island EMS to show they've already been to an accident scene. (CBC)

Island EMS, which runs the ambulance service in P.E.I., has launched a new pilot program it hopes will cut down on repeat calls over car accidents.

The company is going to start putting yellow emergency tape around vehicles involved in accidents once their ambulances have come and gone.

Often – after paramedics have cleared the scene and left – more drivers come along, spot the abandoned and damaged cars, and phone in another accident report.

They hope the yellow Island EMS tape will let drivers know the situation has been dealt with, and that there's no need to call for help.

Accident scenes will be taped up to show Island EMS has been and left. (CBC)

Or if they do, 911 operators will know how to find out if it's the same accident as before.

"It will prompt a 911 [operator] to ask 'Is the vehicle marked by Island EMS tape?', and if they say yes it is, then we won't have to prompt to send another ambulance because we have already been there to assess it," said Darcy Clinton, acting general manager of Island EMS.

The 911 network will be notified that a vehicle is marked in a specific location once the tape is in place.

Clinton hopes it will reduce the risk of injury to drivers getting out of their cars in poor weather to check on a vehicle they may see on the side of the road.

If the trial works well, Clinton says he'll recommend it to emergency medical services in other provinces.


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