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Making London citizens aware of 112 emergency number

February 8, 2012 12:39 PM

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford is reminding people about the existence and importance of the European emergency number 112.

112 is the emergency number common to all 27 EU countries, including the UK, and can be used to connect to ambulance fire or police services. 74% of Europeans are still unaware of the number, despite the fact it has been in existence for more than 20 years.

Saturday 11th February is European 112 Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the pan-European number.

Sarah Ludford commented:

"Every year more than 150 million people travel in the EU, and knowing this number when on business or holiday could mean the difference between life and death. While there are many varying emergency numbers, this is the only one that can be used free of charge in all member countries."

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