Autowagons has created a search tool that can help you get country-specific emergency numbers.
Just enter a country name in our “Emergency Numbers Worldwide” search tool and get relevant emergency numbers like Police, Ambulance, fire, etc.
What is an Emergency Number?
Emergency number is a short, mostly 3-digit number that allows a caller to contact nearest emergency services for immediate assistance.
The emergency phone number is an exceptional case in the nation’s phone number strategy. Previously, calls to the emergency phone number were routed over special devoted circuits.
But with the advent of electronic exchanges, these calls are now mixed with standard traffic. Despite these developments, they still may be able to access circuits that other traffic cannot.
What happens when you call an emergency number?
An emergency number is answered by an emergency service dispatcher or a telephone operator.
The operator determines the nature of the emergency i.e. police, fire, medical, etc. They then connect the call to the appropriate emergency service, who then sends the necessary help.
If multiple services are needed, the most urgent one is determined, with other services being called in as needed.
The system is developed in such a manner that once a call is made to an emergency phone number it must be answered.
If the caller abandons the call, the line may still be held until the emergency service answers and releases the call.
How good are these Emergency Operators or Dispatchers?
These emergency operators or dispatchers are trained to handle any kind of call in order to provide the best support in an appropriate manner.
They assist using Computer Aided Call Handling (CACH) Systems.
Emergency dispatchers also give critical advice in life-threatening situations. In certain cases, specially trained emergency operators tell callers how to perform first aid or CPR.
Can Emergency service automatically identify the location of the caller?
In numerous parts of the world, an emergency service provider can identify the location of the caller when needed.
A system already exists that helps telephone companies track their customer’s location. This way even unlisted numbers or blocked caller IDs can be tracked easily. Emergency service providers use the same system to identify the caller’s location.
Improved 911 and comparable frameworks like E112 can give the location of landline callers by looking into the address in a database, and mobile callers through triangulation from towers or GPS on the device.
Is it necessary for travelers to remember emergency numbers?
Mobile phones are the best solution in these cases. They can be used in different countries having different emergency numbers. So if a traveler visiting a foreign country does not know local emergency numbers, he just needs to know how to use his mobile phone to access the nearest emergency service.
Your mobile phone, as well as SIM card, have 112, 999 and 911 as pre-programmed emergency numbers that are always available. Even when roaming abroad, the SIM card issued by the telecom operator can contain additional country-specific emergency numbers.
When a caller tries to call an emergency number using his mobile phone, (i.e. GSM or 3G phone), a special emergency call takes place. This special call redirects the emergency call to the local emergency service operator.
There are a lot of mobile phones that can dial emergency numbers when
- the mobile is locked
- a phone does not have a SIM card
- the emergency number is entered instead of the PIN
- there is no network signal (or busy network)
But these additional features can generate unnecessary hassles for emergency service operators. Many mobiles are typically kept in pockets or small bags. So, there is a chance that the keys can get pressed accidentally, leading to unintentional emergency calls. This also happens when the keypad is locked.
The UK and some other countries have a mechanism to connect these bogus calls to an automated system, leaving more emergency service operators free to handle genuine emergency calls.
What are the advantages of using a GSM phone for emergency services?
It can be advantageous to use an emergency number recognized by a GSM phone like 112 since GSM phones & networks give special priority to emergency services.
The GSM network also has the capability to update the list of popular emergency numbers when the phone registers to it.
There are some GSM phones that can operate without a SIM card enabling the use of emergency calls. These GSM phones have a huge list of emergency numbers without SIM card, such as 112, 911, 118, 119, 000, 110, 08, and 999. In certain countries, GSM networks require a SIM card that must have some credit. For example, Latin American networks typically do not allow emergency calls without a SIM and some credit.
The GSM phones may regard some phone numbers with one or two digits as special service codes. It might be impossible to make an emergency call to numbers like 03 or 92 with a mobile phone.
In those cases the emergency number has to be called by using a landline telephone or with an additional first/last digit (for example 922 or 992 instead of 92 and 003 or 033 instead of 03).
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