BPC reviewed the year: from noise complaints to a patient’s request to disconnect a drip

On 1 January 2022, the General Assistance Center received 9684 calls, registered 5871 requests for assistance and forwarded them to the services. Compared to January 1 of the previous year, when the quarantine regime was in force in Lithuania and the restrictions applied during it, these figures are higher.

A comparison of the statistics for the longer period, 2016-2022, shows that the total number of calls on 1 January is still declining:

there were more than 10,000 of them in the pre-pandemic period. This is a gratifying trend associated with a perhaps growing awareness of the population and a better understanding of the purpose of 112. But the number of messages registered and transmitted to emergency services is higher this year than ever before.

This can be partly explained by the fact that the administration of ambulance calls was taken over, but more requests to the police were also registered and transmitted this year than on 1 January 2018 or 2019.

On the first day of this year, 2,644 police incidents and 2,600 ambulances were registered.

152 applications were made to the fire and rescue service and 23 to the environment.

BPC illustration / BPC statistics

New Year’s night help requests were mostly addressed to the police. True, there were slightly fewer of them this year than last year. There have been a large number of reports of breaches of quarantine rules and gatherings of several different households during the quarantine regime. There are more complaints about exploding fireworks and noise in the first hours after midnight this year. Some people couldn’t even rest at 5 or 6 in the morning because of their noisy neighbors.

There were also a lot of conflicts and fights. There were 399 reports of various violations of public order on New Year’s Eve, 251 reports of domestic violence and 166 reports of crimes against the person.
Firefighters received more reports this New Year’s night than last year, with containers burning particularly heavily. Firefighters rescued burning garbage containers, garbage and fireworks 50 times.

Ambulance was needed by people who had experienced alcohol-related injuries of various sizes. As always, there were victims of unsafe firecrackers and fireworks.

Although it has already been mentioned that the total number of calls is decreasing, various non-targeted calls were received on New Year’s Eve: residents complained about missing electricity, a stuck elevator, a TV not showing … There was an unexpected call from one hospital: a patient lying there asked to disconnect.

Repeated calls from maliciously intoxicating intoxicants and children were diverted and delayed by a special filter – there were almost 500 such calls on the first day of this year.

Source: 15min.lt – suprasti akimirksniu | RSS by www.15min.lt.

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