It will be available across Erode district
ERODE: Want emergency medical help, or call police or Fire and Rescue Services personnel well, all you will have to do is dial 108.
You can dial the number from either landline or mobile phone and is free-of-charge. The person answering the call will ask details about the nature of emergency whether it is a road accident, fire, law and order problem, etc., and the place of the incident. He or she will then alert ambulance close by, the police control room or Fire and Rescue Services.
The service is available across the district. Eight ambulances are available and stationed at government hospitals in Erode, Thalavady, Bhavani, Gobichettipalayam, Sathyamangalam, Anthiyur, Perundurai and Kodumudi.
District Revenue Officer M. Mayakrishnan inaugurated the service on Friday. A release issued on the occasion says the State will soon have a fleet of 600 state-of-the-art ambulances, equipped with emergency equipment, to handle almost any emergency situation.
The vehicles come with GIS and GPS systems, which will help locate the geographical position of the emergency scene and help the nearest ambulance reach the site in the shortest possible time.
The release adds that the service is consequent upon the MoU the Government of Tamil Nadu entered into with the Emergency Management and Research Institute in May 2008. Erode is the 18th district with EMRI services.