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News : France Now Has 11 Emergency Numbers
Paris, France, Aug 10, 2015 -- The launch of a new emergency phone number this week - for terror alerts and kidnappings - means France now has 11 different numbers for calling the emergency services.
The latest number to enter service, 197, will be used to compile witness reports and tip-offs during a major terror incident, and allows for callers to have their location and identity quickly tracked.
The new number will also be used if a child has been reported kidnapped and members of the public have information that could help the police. If no alert is in place, the number is not accessible.
The interior ministry says having a separate call centre for these incidents will enable staff to receive specific training on how to handle incoming calls.
It brings to 11 the range of phone numbers available for calling the emergency services in France - the highest number in Europe, ahead of Belgium on 10.
Having specific numbers for each type of emergency is designed to route callers to the people who can help as quickly as possible. All the numbers are free from a landline or mobile.
If you cannot remember them all, then dialling the Europe-wide 112 is a good first port of call.
15: SAMU (medical emergency)
18: Firefighters (pompiers are also paramedics and can respond quickly to heart attacks etc)
112: Europe-wide emergency number
114: Text-message emergency number for deaf/hard of hearing
115: SAMU social (domestic violence/care for homeless in winter)
116000: Missing children
119: Social services (mistreated children)
191: Aeronautical emergency
196: Maritime emergency/coastguard
197: Terror/kidnapping hotline
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2015