University of California, Davis, is removing emergency phones

June 21, 2011
With widespread availability of cell phones, system was being used rarely

From The Sacramento Bee: The University of California, Davis, is removing 107 emergency public safety phones from its campus. Officials say cellular phones and the availability of wireless 911 service has made the emergency units obsolete. The phones were available to provide assistance in remote or isolated locations. The phones are mounted on walls or on poles, some with strobe lights that operate when the phone is in use. But a 2009 report by a campus task force found that the phones were rarely being used for emergencies. Of 324 calls made in 18 months, none was considered life-threatening.

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