Book Review: You Called 911 For What?

I recently had the pleasure of reading Dave Konig’s  ebook You Called 911 For What?  It is a mix of history about the 911 system, humorous dialog between 911 callers and operators, and a little bit about the lifestyle of EMS workers.

I was concerned that the book would contain war stories of a burned out paramedic dealing with low-acuity patients in New York City.  There’s plenty of this on the internet already.  Since I know Dave, and know how passionate he is about making social media a legitimate platform for telling EMS’s story, and how much he despises that sort of thing, I went ahead and read it.  I was not disappointed.

The book contains a brief history of the 911 system, the challenges of adapting it to cell phones, and the future of incorporating video and text messaging. I found these sections interesting. After describing the types of emergencies 911 was intended for, he gives several transcripts of actual 911 calls for -for lack of a better term – other things.  Each call is preceded by a light-hearted discussion related to the topic each 911 call was based on, such as prohibition, relationships, and EMS’s reliance of fast-food.  I LOL’d at the dialog between the callers and dispatchers, even as a jaded paramedic who has responded to similar incidents.  Dave does not directly editorialize the legitimacy of the calls.  He does not say that anyone is stupid or that they wasted valuable resources (he leaves that up to the reader). Quite the contrary, he ends the book with sentence:

Remember that if you’re in doubt, just call 9-1-1. We’ll understand.

Whether you’re a seasoned EMS provider or have nothing to do with EMS, I recommend Dave’s book.  You can learn more about it here.


  1. Thanks for the review Bob! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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