When you test 911, the worst thing you can possibly do is dial and quickly hang up. They dispatch, even if you call back and say “oh, sorry!”.
If you call 911 to make a test call, make sure you are quick and to the point stating that it is a test call. Do this during non-peak hours/holidays. They will probably thank you for not hanging up, and disconnect.
I have never heard of anyone being fined for a 911 test call.
Call me stupid, but I have accidently dialed 911 a couple weeks ago. Its an office phone, and I dialed 91 (paused to look up the long distance number) 1xxxyyyy. I heard lots of clicking, noting that the switch routed that garble to 911. I stayed on the phone, told them the situation, and it was over and done.
No police showed up to the office…no fines…and let me tell you, our office is a top offender here for 911 fines.
Apparently i am not the only one to do this type of screw up long distance call, and this particular person just hangs up without explaination…cops come…and they get angry and fine us $500.