New emergency text services

5 05 2008

A new emergency text service has been launched by police in Sussex. You can read about it here. To call an emergency service, send a text to 65999, starting with the word POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE, or COASTGUARD.

A similar service has started in Kent, send a text beginning with POLICE, MEDIC or RESCUE to 60066.

Bus passengers in Brighton and Hove can send a text if there are problems on the bus such as rowdiness. Text REPORT to 60060 and give a description of the incident, and your message will be passed on to the police.

It’s a shame the numbers are all different, unlike the national 999 number or 911 in the US. A national number would make more sense, wouldn’t it?

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6 05 2008
New emergency text services

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1 06 2008
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11 06 2008
Jeff

Hi
I am involved in an EU working group on inclusive telecoms and the current pet project is e-112 (emergency number – if you dial 112 from any UK phones you will be directed to an UK emergency service) and we had a report from Luxembourg where their mobile networks had joined up to provide access to 112 from their mobiles. This is akin to us sending a sms to 999 – OfCOM was present and stated their determination to have this rolled out in the UK so watch this space!
Jeff

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