Emergency services sent far fewer alerts than last year’s turn of the year | NOW



The Dutch emergency services sent far fewer alerts in the last hours of 2020 than a year earlier. Almost 30 percent fewer alarms were sent via the P2000 network than at the end of 2019, according to data from alarmeringen.nl on Friday.

Between 6:00 pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve, the control rooms alerted the emergency services 1,503 times. A year earlier, it was still 2,139 times. That equates to a decrease of 29.7 percent.

Last Thursday, a total of 4,143 reports were sent via P2000, a decrease of 20.1 percent from a year earlier. At that time it was still 5,191 reports. In addition, this is the smallest number of P2000 reports on a New Year’s Eve since 2017, says Wilbert de Vries of alarmeringen.nl.

The actual number of reports is expected to be higher, says De Vries. “It is known that during enormous peaks, such as around the turn of the year, the emergency services do not actually send all incoming reports as alarms via P2000. to another location. “

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