TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Dial disaster — and hope with just one number

PREMIUM
Malang, East Java   /   Thu, March 5, 2020   /  10:34 am
Dial disaster — and hope with just one number Illustration of bus accident (Shutterstock/conejota)

Something awful has happened. A bad road smash, a fire, a building collapse. A landslip. There are casualties. You’re first on the scene — who to call?

Take a pick — 110 or 112 for police, 113 for the fire brigade and 118 for an ambulance. Or 119.

Apart from mnemonists (people with extraordinary memories) and emergency professionals, who could recall the right digits in moments of peak stress? Having just one number that’s widely known would be a good start.

No disagreement — yet it seems that although the technology has long been available it hasn’t been matched by energy or will or both.

According to Trisna Daryanti, head of infrastructure evaluation in the Communication and Information Technology Ministry, an integrated emergency services number (IESN) is not in place across the nation.



Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.