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Emergency Numbers

In the United Kingdom 999 is the emergency number, but calls are also accepted on the European Union emergency number 112. The operator will transfer the call to one of the four services which maintain full-time Emergency Control Centres:

  • Police
  • Ambulance service
  • Fire Brigade
  • Coastguard
Other emergency services (below) are also available through the 999 system but calls are transferred to them by one of the four main services above.
  • Lifeboat service
  • Mountain rescue
  • Cave rescue
  • Moorland search and rescue
  • Bomb disposal
The 999 or 112 number should only be used in an emergency such as:
  • A person being in immediate danger of injury or whose life is at risk
  • Suspicion that a crime is in progress
  • A structure being on fire
Calls to the 999 and 112 services are free from landlines and mobile phones.

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