[LINK] Lost in the Blue Mountains

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed May 20 21:54:44 AEST 2009

On Wed, 20 May 2009 at 18:36:13 +1000 Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> ...
>>  Triple Zero (000) Awareness Campaign and Promotional Material
>> The national Triple Zero (000) campaign aims to build awareness of the Triple Zero (000) number and educate the community about when to use the number.
>> ...
Following up on the April thread, I came across 
>       Using your mobile in an emergency* *
> When possible, it's recommended that you contact Emergency Services by 
> calling Triple Zero (000) from a fixed phone.
> It's important to remember that the number to call in an emergency 
> situation depends on whether your mobile uses the GSM or Next G™ network.
>       If you have a GSM / Next G™ mobile
> To get help from police, fire or ambulance services in Australia, dial 
> '000' or '112'. Contact can even be made if your mobile has been 
> blocked or your security settings have been activated.
> You can still attempt a normal '000'emergency call from a GSM or Next 
> G™ mobile but if you do not have reception with your own carrier, you 
> can dial '112' and your call will be carried by any available GSM 
> network if it is available.
So we have two emergency numbers. OK, make that three 
>     What are Australia's Emergency Call Services numbers?
>     * *Triple Zero* (*000*) is Australia's primary Emergency Call
>       Service number and should be used to access emergency assistance
>       from all telephones (landline, mobile phones and payphones) in
>       the first instance. Information about calling Triple Zero (000)
>       from a voice over internet protocol service
>       <HTTP://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_100550> is available.
>     * *112* is the GSM standard Emergency Call Service number for use
>       with GSM mobile phones, and offers special access features (see
>       below). 112 can also be dialled from other mobile phones, but
>       will only offer the same features that dialling Triple Zero
>       (000) provides.
>     * *106* is the text-based Emergency Call Service for people who
>       are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. This service
>       operates using a TTY (teletypewriter) and does not accept voice
>       calls or SMS messages.
> Both 112 and 106 are secondary emergency call services numbers because 
> they are for use only in relation to particular technologies.
Confused yet?

David Boxall | "Cheer up" they said.
| "Things could be worse."
| So I cheered up and,
| Sure enough, things got worse.
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