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At some point in your life, you may need to call the emergency services such as firefighters, police, or medical personnel. By being prepared for calling the emergency services, you can get the help you need much more quickly which can often make a big difference. Parents should also teach their children about when and how to call for help.

The principal emergency services are the “blue light” services that respond to normal emergencies in Ireland namely An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service, the Fire Service and the Irish Coast Guard. These principal emergency services would be the ‘first responders’ in most emergency situations.

In Ireland we have two emergency numbers, 999 and 112.

Remember when calling 112 (or 999), ‘stay calm, stay focused and stay on the line’.