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How do emergency workers gain access to guard gated communities?

Asked by AshlynM (10542points) February 16th, 2012

What if someone called for an ambulance?
Or the police?
Or firefighters?

Do these guards at these communities still call that resident to confirm whether or not they really did call for help? I’m assuming there’s exceptions for cases like these, because in instances of fire, you really don’t have time to sit and wait around for someone to verify you.

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JLeslie's avatar

I have lived in gated communities and it never occurred to me a guard would keep police or fire trucks out, I have a feeling they just drive right in. Some communities are gated without a guard, I am not sure if codes are somehow registered with emergency services?

YARNLADY's avatar

All our guarded gates allow emergency vehicles, and the automatic coded ones are required to open to a special emergency code. Chain locked gates are opened with bolt cutters, and the jaws of life are used on barred windows and doors.

gambitking's avatar

In most cases, they have a key (you might notice a keyhole on the box by the gate). In some cases, the gate is equipped with a sensor that responds to a transmitter that all emergency vehicles have, for this purpose. In other cases, there are emergency codes that they’re given.
And often, the code is just given to the dispatch operator by the caller.

As for guarded communities….really? REALLY? You don’t think the guard at the gate will notice an ambulance with blaring siren and strobe lights trying to get in? What do you think is gonna happen…. “Sir, I don’t have your vehicle on the list, who are you visiting here?”

Aethelflaed's avatar

I’d imagine they could just plow right on through the gate. Those gates tend to keep out people who would actually respect the gate, not maniacs who would drive through them.

Nullo's avatar

Failing all else, I suspect that a fire truck could make quick work of any gate.

filmfann's avatar

I drive a phone company van (a much lower rated emergency vehicle), and when I approach a gated community, I am quickly waved through 99% of the time.
I am sure they don’t stop an ambulance or fire truck.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

One company I worked for had there own fire department ( BIG building complex ). They had gates and barriers. However, some of the barriers had a “weak spot” next to the gates. They had a vehicle with a crash bumper and would drive right through the barrier.

cheebdragon's avatar

If someone reports a fire, the fire department is required to check inside that home for fire. Security guards can’t keep them out.

john65pennington's avatar

I have never had a problem with security guards. Most are very helpful.

Anyway, one time I could not get the number to open the gate. I was on a 911. I suddenly heard gunshots and crashed the gate. One person down in the parking lot and two more injured.

It happens and the government did not have to pay for the damages.

Like you said, there are extinuating circumstances in just about everything.

One other incident was at a state run institution for the mentally ill. A patient called the police for help. Arriving, the security guards did not want me to enter the building. I advised him he was interferring with police business and to step aside. He then said I could not take my weapon inside the building. I again advised him I would arrest him if he did not step aside. His supervisor appeared and I was escorted to the caller and took care of his problem.

People do not realize that interfering with the police is a crime.

A woman called for the police for a domestic violence at her home. Knocking on the door, the husband would not let me in. I heard his wife crying in the background. I pushed the man to the side and attended his wife. Wife took her children, an suv and left and never came back.

bea2345's avatar

Depends upon the community.

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