Ready and ringing

Cape Town - Cape Town’s emergency call centres and selected police stations have aced a test by the Cape Argus to determine whether operators were at their posts and ready to assist in an emergency.

A Cape Argus reader recently expressed concern about the fact that some emergency numbers that she dialled on a Sunday were not answered promptly.

The Cape Argus called 10 different numbers on Sunday and counted the number of rings in each case. In most cases the call was answered promptly and the operator immediately asked what the emergency was.

The only number that was called more than once was for Red Cross poisons information, which was answered on the third call.

The results were: