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(843) 719-4169 (Moncks Corner)
(843) 723-3800 Ext 4169 (Charleston)
(843) 567-3136 Ext 4169 (St. Stephen)
Fax: (843) 719-4165
Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Dispatch Center - 24 Hours
223 North Live Oak Drive
Moncks Corner, SC
Communications Department | Frequently asked questions
When should I call 911?
9-1-1 is for emergencies, potential emergencies, or when an emergency is imminent. Ask yourself:
You should call 9-1-1 anytime you believe there is an actual emergency. If you are unsure, call 9-1-1 and the dispatcher can assist you.
When should I not call 911?
Please do not call 9-1-1 to report that electricity or other utilities are out; to notify authorities of traffic jams; to inquire about government services or to learn general information.
The Emergency Communications Center has several non-emergency telephone lines that are accessible to the public. For all non-emergency situations, please call 719-4505 or 719-4169. Examples of calls that should be placed to the non-emergency number are:
How can I help my 911 dispatcher when I call?
When reporting an emergency:
The person answering 9-1-1 is a trained dispatcher. They have been trained to ask certain questions. Be prepared to follow the dispatcher’s line of questioning. (e.g. WHAT is happening, WHERE the situation is occurring, WHEN did the incident occur, WHO is involved, is a WEAPON involved, what INJURIES have been sustained, etc.).
What if I call 911 by mistake?
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, DO NOT HANG UP. Stay on the line and tell the dispatcher that everything is all right. If a caller to 911 hangs up without stating the problem, the caller must be contacted in order to ensure that no actual emergency exits. This may involve the dispatching of an officer to your home or place of business in order to ensure that a problem does not exist. One common misconception that citizens have about dialing 911 by mistake is they will somehow get into trouble. This is not true.
Why do the dispatchers ask so many questions when I call?
Dispatchers ask for pertinent information first – address, type of call, name of caller or those involved. Once the initial information is obtained, additional questions may be asked depending on the type of call. The questioning will not slow down the dispatching of the appropriate assistance. In emergency cases, this information is relayed immediately to field units so they may begin responding to the incident, while the dispatcher remains on the phone to obtain further details that are also relayed to the responding units as it is gathered, in real time. The dispatcher will further assist callers by giving instructions to callers on how to administer life saving techniques, such as CPR, during medical emergencies. They will take steps to promote the personal safety of the caller, the victim and responding Police, Fire or EMS personnel. They will also engage in actions which preserve evidence to aid in the apprehension of suspects.
How is a wireless/cell phone 911 call different?
Calls for assistance from a residential or “hard wired plug-in phone” will come into the E911 center with a name, call back number and an address. However, the dispatcher will still verify this information to make sure it is correct and that the responding agencies are directed to the proper location. Wireless or cell phone calls that come in will contain varying information. This information depends on the type of cell phone that you have, which cellular tower site location it reached and whether or not it is GPS capable. GPS capable phones will provide an estimated physical location. The complainant’s name, location and call back number are not available to the Dispatcher and will have to be verified. Providing landmarks, mile markers and general location descriptors will help speed a response to your location.
Do I need a burn permit and how do I get one?
If you are going to burn anything, you need to call Forestry at 1-800-895-7063 to receive a burn permit number.
What if I don’t know where I’m at when I call 911?
If you call 911 from a regular landline telephone, the phone number from which you are calling is sent to a database hosted by AT&T. The database will then send your address to the operator in the 911 Center. If you are mobile and calling from a cell phone, you will be asked to verify your location. Being able to give a nearby address, intersection, landmark or any other descriptors of the area will help emergency personnel locate you.
Does 911 work with the Internet/VOIP phone services?
911 can work with VOIP service, however it is different.
The following was taken from www.voip911.gov.
Under the FCC rules, interconnected VoIP providers must:
- Deliver all 911 calls to the local emergency call center
- Deliver the customer’s call back number and location information where the emergency call center is capable of receiving it
- Inform their customers of the capabilities and limitations of their VoIP 911 service
As a consumer of the service, you need to understand the details and ensure your needs are met through your VOIP provider. There is additional helpful information on the FCC website under consumer facts for VOIP & 911 service.
Can I use a TTY Device for speech and hearing impaired callers?
The Emergency Communications Center is equipped with Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) that enables typed communications with the caller.
I speak a foreign language. Can the 9-1-1 Center communicate with me during an emergency?
The Emergency Communications Center provides a service made available from Language Line Inc. This service provides us over-the-phone interpretation of more than 140 languages, 24 hours a day.