I'm of the impression that calls to the San Francisco emergency number,415-553-8090 are handled at the same call center with the same system as calls to 911. Someone tells me this is incorrect.
The discussion stems from questions about a park near two state freeways, and whether during 4th of July fireworks a person with a cell phone should call 911 or should call 415-553-8090, the situation being that their cell phone might connect with the CHP dispatch in Vallejo due to the phone's proximity to the state freeways.
One person who claims to have knowledge of the system says that 553-8090 is handled differently by different people than SF's 911 service. This ASSUMES that the cell phone is far enough away from the freeways that it connects with SF's 911 service directly and not the CHP's.
So, can anyone here explain how SF's emergency numbers, 911 and415-553-8090, are handled, and how they might be different, and whether there is any significant delay or staffing problems between the two phone numbers? Also, how much of a delay there might be between the CHP's Vallejo routing and calling directly into SF's system would also be good to know.
This is not a hypothetical situation; it involves Bernal Hill park where the grass is dry and people have accidentally set fires nearly every year (and sometimes burned homes) due to use of fireworks on the hill. People have wanted to know the VERY fastest wasy to contact the SF fire department.