Mr Red Symons of ABC Melbourne Breakfast let go to air today an unrebutted statement by Mary of Albert Park. Mary from Albert Park was a bit too full on for me at such an early hour. Ok, he did correct it later, but I may not have been listening, nor may many others and the original statement would stand in many peoples heads.
I have been known to spout ignorant statements, but I hope I would keep my mouth shut if it was about who to call in an emergency and I had an iota of doubt. It is kind of important.
Mary of AP said that people need to know and remember that they cannot call our emergency number 000 for our emergency service from their mobiles and must use 112.
Wrong. This was originally so I believe. I recall taking a train to Laburnham Station and a nearby mobile phone shop to get a phone upgraded firmware so that it could dial 000. The encouragement was a new short stubby ariel instead of the longer whippy one the phone came with. It was a long time ago.
Yes, 112 works for Australian mobile phones. The call goes overseas and comes back here. But like the US has 911 and the UK 999, our emergency number is 000. I understand that the number will work even if you are out of phone credit, or do not have a SIM card in your phone and will use all available networks to get your call through.
Emergency calls are quite important and it was wrong of Red Symons to not immediately query and raise doubt over a statement from an ill educated caller.
In Australia, call 000 from any type of phone if there is a genuine emergency. When all is lost and you are hopelessly out of range, perhaps even a text to 000 might work.
Note, where I am unsure of something, I use fudge words.