Rush of 911 calls expected during 4th of July celebrations


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — We are one day closer to Independence Day, and with that, more phone calls are expected to be placed to 911 this upcoming holiday.

“The city of Dothan always has an influx of 911 calls on a regular basis, so when Fourth of July or any holiday comes up here we have a lot of traffic coming through, a lot more medical calls,” said Chris Judah, Dothan-Houston County EMA director. “I don’t know how many, but there will be an influx of 911 calls.”

The calls the dispatch center receives during holidays can vary but can easily generate 100 to 150 calls — just from people calling in about fireworks.

“We answer 911 in here as well, and we take all city 911 calls,” said Andi Jarrett, Dothan Police Department communications manager. “The main reason for cause is a variance. There could be, you know, car crashes. If somebody has a car crash, let’s say Wednesday before the holiday and it’s at 5:00, one car accident or one car collision could generate five calls or it could generate 15.”

There are not supposed to be fireworks shot in Dothan city limits. However, if you do and something happens, it’s recommended to contact law enforcement.

“Please call the non-emergency number,” Judah said. “Let the police department know what’s going on. They’re going to send somebody out. Whether it’s going to be a noise call or shooting fireworks, they’ll come out. They’ll talk to them, and depending upon what’s exactly going on, law enforcement will handle that in a proper protocol.”

For non-emergency calls, contact the non-emergency number at 334-793-0215.

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