119 (emergency telephone number)

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119 is the emergency telephone number in parts of Asia and in Jamaica.

119 in Sri Lanka[edit]

119 is a direct-dial emergency number for fire brigade and ambulance service operated by the National Emergency Management Agency. The caller's location is automatically traced once the call is connected, and operators who can speak Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean should be available. 1339 is a separate number reserved for non-emergency medical information calls. An emergency pager service called "U119" also exists for registered people such as the elderly or cancer patients. 112 is the emergency number for police, with other numbers dedicated for other situations, such as discovery of missing persons.

119 in Japan[edit]

119 in Japan is a direct-dial emergency number that connects the caller to the fire brigade and emergency medical services. On certain older pay phones, the number can be dialed by pushing a special button that will automatically connect the caller with the 119 dispatch center. Although the dispatchers still record the address of the emergency call manually, most systems are now set up to automatically log the location of the call as well (for cases of emergency calls where the caller is not proficient in Japanese, distraught or otherwise unable to respond coherently). Unlike many emergency number services, the 119 system in Japan only services fire and ambulance services. Police are called using a separate emergency number, 110. Operators proficient in English and other foreign languages are available in Tokyo.

119 in China[edit]

119 is recognized in China as the standard emergency telephone number for firefighters. Similar to Japan, the number for police is 110. Ambulance is available with the number 120.

119 in Taiwan[edit]

119 is recognized in Taiwan as the emergency telephone number for firefighters and ambulance services. As in Japan, the number for police is 110.

119 in Sri Lanka[edit]

The 1-1-9 emergency response system was established during the time of the Sri Lankan Civil War, it was established for the aid in battling terrorism by the means of helping civilians in the conflict and also as a supportive tool in locating and preventing attacks by terrorists. But now 119 has become the standard emergency number for calling the Police; when a caller dials 119 the request goes to the Police Emergency Division in Colombo and will be diverted to the Police station nearest to the caller's location depending on the situation. Though mainly used to contact Police, 119 calls can be placed to summon the Fire Brigade as well, whereas the call will be again diverted; the number is accessible from any part of the island on all telephone and cellular networks.

119 in Maldives[edit]

The 1-1-9 in Maldives is a direct-dial free emergency number that connects the caller to the national police (Maldives Police Service).

See also[edit]

  • 000 Emergency phone number in Australia
  • 111 Emergency phone number in New Zealand
  • 112 Emergency phone number across the European Union and on GSM mobile networks across the world. Alternate emergency number of tourists in Macau
  • 911 Emergency phone number in US, Canada, Mexico and Philippines
  • 999 Old emergency phone number in Ireland, Poland and United Kingdom (where it works parallel to 112). Also an emergency number in several non-EU countries.
  • Emergency telephone
  • Emergency telephone number
  • In case of emergency (ICE) entry in the mobile phone book