“Panic 9-1-1” returns to take 911 calls to a whole new level never seen or heard before on television. Unlike emergency shows of the past, viewers will live inside the calls and experience every harrowing and terrifying moment along with the caller. Every second is real.
More than half a million 9-1-1 calls are made every day in the United States. For many callers, the dispatcher is the only link between life and death. Part thriller and part true-crime show, each episode of "PANIC 9-1-1" features audio from real, urgent 9-1-1 calls between emergency dispatchers and frantic callers as life-and-death situations unfold around them. Each call is a race against time where every second counts and getting the right details is crucial. Enhanced by stylized recreations and interviews with witnesses, officers, call dispatchers and, in some cases, the callers themselves, "PANIC 9-1-1" keeps viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.
In the season premiere, 9-1-1 dispatchers receive a frantic call from a Colorado mother who barricades herself and her teenage son inside an upstairs closet with no lock as an unknown intruder searches for their hiding place. In Washington, a hiker is buried alive after a sudden avalanche. His cell phone is his only lifeline as he waits for rescue, and time and his battery are running out. After witnessing a speeding car swerve out of control, two Florida teenagers call 9-1-1 as they sprint toward the fiery crash site to check for survivors.
"PANIC 9-1-1" is produced by Sirens Media for A&E Network. Executive producers for Sirens Media are Valerie Haselton Drescher, Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Anne S. Rothwell. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Holcman.