Today is Emergency Services Day, which is part of the National Emergency Services Memorial – a registered charity. 999 Day or Emergency Services Day is something that takes place every year on the 9th hour of the 9th day, of the 9th month.
What is it about?
Emergency Services Day aims to raise awareness of all the hard work the emergency services do day in, day out. Through different events Emergency Services Day promote efficiency, educate the public on what the emergency services do and also aims to invite more volunteers as they are a vital part in keeping Britain safe.
What does Emergency Services Day do?
Volunteers are crucial to the emergency services! Emergency Services Day therefore promotes the different ways the public can get involved. The services volunteers provide include: the special constabulary, NHS community response, retained firefighting and the RNLI.
It also teaches the public essential skills on how to be safe in water, what to do if there was a fire, how to prevent crime and basic life saving skills.
How you can get involved…
The main event happens in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th September but there are smaller events happening up and down the country throughout the month of September. So search for a local event near you and support your local emergency services.
Who to Contact in an Emergency?
There are now four different emergency numbers you can contact in the UK, they are:
999 – Main Emergency Number: This number should only be used in an urgent situation, e.g. if someone was seriously ill, injured or if a crime was taking place. This number covers police, ambulance, coastguard, cliff, cave and mountain rescue.
112 – Additional Emergency Number: This number directs you to the exact same emergency call centre except this number will work on any mobile phone, anywhere in the world. 112 also works on landlines inside the UK.
101 – Non-Emergency Police Number: This is the number to use if there is no immediate danger.
For example, if your house has been robbed whilst you’re out and there is no sign of the intruder. This number can also be used if you need to ask the police a general enquiry.
111 – Non-Emergency Medical Number: This number is to be used for illnesses and injuries where there isn’t a risk to life. This number has replaced and expanded on the NHS Direct service that was in place beforehand.
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