First responders can call Santa to help out during emergencies

The big man in red himself, with a phone hung on his belt, ready to take calls. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Virginia Beach EMS Facebook Page)
The big man in red himself, with a phone hung on his belt, ready to take calls. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Virginia Beach EMS Facebook Page)

First responders in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake added another tool to their kits during the holiday season: Calls to Santa.

Santa on the Air is dedicated to the memory of EMT-B William “Bill” Laws who was considered a true Santa Claus to so many, according to the Santa on the Air website.

During the holiday season, some children become especially concerned if EMS, police or fire crews are dispatched. To help combat this, Santa on the air was created in 2004, according to the website.

How it works

Only first responders in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake can access Santa and they do it by ringing him up on the phone.

After inputting the special numbers, they are connected to Santa.

They let Santa know a few things about the situation at hand such as:

  • What caused the 911 call
  • Who is involved (the child, mom, dad, grandma, etc.)
  • First name only of the child or children

Beyond 911 Calls

Santa doesn’t just take calls from EMS on the road — EMS can call from a hospital such as when employees at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital had help from EMS-7 getting a 7-year-old boy a call with Santa.

Detailed under the Actual Calls to Santa part of the website, Santa was able to reassure the boy that everyone was going to take care of his dad and him.

There are many of these kinds of stories listed on the website.

To learn more about Santa on the Air, click here. 

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