9-1-1 Information

What happens when I dial 9-1-1?

The term 9-1-1 (Nine-One-One) is often used as kind of a generic term to describe the entire process of dispatching of Police, Fire, and Ambulance services to emergencies. Although that is true to some extent, it is an over-simplification of how the summoning of emergency responders really happens! So, how does 9-1-1 really work?

When you dial 9-1-1 on a hard-wire phone (not on a cell telephone) the local telephone service provider, usually Bell Canada, recognizes 9-1-1 as a valid telephone number.