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Who you gunna call?

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29 August, 2019

If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gunna call? Well depending on the circumstance, Ghostbusters might not be the way to go.  When you’re relocating to a new country, knowing the emergency numbers can be crucial in a crisis. Here you can find a list of emergency contact numbers for use in the UK and at the bottom you will find a free printable resource with all of these numbers.

Emergency Numbers


This the main emergency number to call for police, ambulance, fire brigade, coastguard, cliff rescue, mountain rescue, cave rescue, etc. The key thing to remember is this number should only be used for emergencies; if you are in a life-threatening condition or if a crime is in progress you should immediately call this number.

Wherever you are in the UK, you can call 999 and be put through to an operator who will ask which of the emergency services you require. At this point, try to remain calm and give precise details of your location and the issue at hand. For example, in the event of a car accident you can ask for an ambulance and police to your exact location and explain the situation.

This number should not be used for general enquiries or crimes that have already been committed e.g. a break in or stolen car.

Calls to this number are free and 999 can even be dialled from a locked mobile phone.


This number actually works exactly the same as 999 by putting you through to the emergency call centre. The big difference is you can call 112 from your mobile phone from all 28 EU countries. You call 112 at any time 24/7 to reach emergency services such as police, ambulance, fire brigade, coastguard.

Non-Emergency Numbers

As we mentioned earlier, neither of the above numbers should be used outside of an emergency as this can delay the response to a genuine call. However, here are some alternative non-emergency numbers to call.


If you do not need an imminent response or if you don’t think an emergency response will serve any purpose, call 101 to reach the police. For example, if you wake up one morning and your car has been stolen. There is no immediate threat, so you can use this number to contact the police.

Calls are charged at a flat rate of 15 pence per call.


Like 101, this number is available for non-emergency situations but in this case 111 is for medical enquiries. This is for illnesses or minor injuries that you don’t believe to be life threatening but you would like some advice on what to do next. 111 can advise you to seek emergency attention if they think it’s necessary but they are always a good point of call if the situation is not critical.

Calls to this number are free.

In summary, if this one number you can remember out of this its 999. When relocating to a new country it is essential to know the emergency numbers, you never know when this might become critical information. Like we said, you will find a printable resource with all this information down below. Print it, laminate it, stick up on the fridge make sure everyone knows it. You never know when this might be crucial.


Click here to download free resource.

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