Seven 911 Jurisdictions Overlap Atlanta’s Airport

An overhead shot of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

A new report looks into the tangled web of emergency response at Atlanta’s airport and how it can have deadly consequences.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is not actually in Atlanta. And as 11 Alive reports, the airport is in four different cities and two counties.

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In some of those jurisdictions, even if a 911 operator at the airport knows CPR or has previous medical training, they are not allowed to give instructions to 911 callers over the phone. The overlap also means the average response time in 2020 was 11 minutes and 48 seconds.

The airport once had paramedics or EMTs on hand to provide pre-arrival instructions, according to Atlanta Fire & Rescue Chief Christopher Collins.

“That’s something we can take a look at again, but right now it’s not possible,” Collins said, citing budget constraints.

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Watch the full report below.

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