WHAT IS 9-1-1?
is in reality a PHONE SYSTEM. It’s a three-digit EMERGENCY telephone
number established to provide EMERGENCY help to you as fast as possible.
Connects citizens with operators who are trained to process calls for assistance as
quickly and efficiently as possible. The
9-1-1 system reacts to EMERGENCY request
for Police, Fire and/or Ambulance.
WHY SHOULD I CALL 9-1-1?
Calling 9-1-1 could save a life. It is easier than using a
Ten-digit number and will connect you faster than dialing “0”. The
9-1-1 consoles are staffed
around the clock to handle EMERGENCIES. The information received and/or the caller is
immediately given to Police, Fire and Ambulance dispatchers who send help to your location.
WHO CAN USE 9-1-1 IN WICOMICO COUNTY?
Everyone can use 9-1-1, but you need to keep in mind if you’re calling from an
exchange outside of Wicomico County you will be quickly transferred to the appropriate
County for assistance. For Delmar, residents with an 846 exchange, when you dial
will be connected to a Georgetown operator. For those Sussex County residents who border
our County and require assistance from agencies in Wicomico County, you must dial the ten
digit EMERGENCY number (410)749-4141.
WHEN SHOULD I USE 9-1-1?
9-1-1 ONLY when there is a LIFE – THREATENING EMERGENCY or CRIME IN
PROGRESS that requires fire equipment, a police officer, or an ambulance. Emergencies such
as any type of Fire, Automobile Accidents, Emergency Illnesses, Serious Injuries, and Crimes
in progress which are escalating to the point of threatening life or property can and should be
NON- EMERGENCY CALLS
9-1-1 Should not be used for non-emergency assistance or for informational type calls.
You should call the appropriate agency directly. Those numbers are listed in the front of the
local phone book and on the last page of this pamphlet.
HOW DOES 9-1-1 WORK IN WICOMICO COUNTY?
Our 911 Center serves as an EMERGENCY ANSWERING POINT, answering, handling
and forwarding EMERGENCY requests to the appropriate agencies. The 911 Operators in our
Center dispatch all Fire, Ambulance and Rescue Companies for this County. All Police
requests are transferred to the proper law enforcement agency for dispatching. This
arrangement allows the caller to speak directly to that law enforcement agency. The 911
Operator can stay on the line during the transfer and will be able to coordinate multiple
agency responses if necessary.
REMEMBER *****WHEN DIALING 9-1-1 !
1.) Is this an EMERGENCY ?
2.) Be prepared to give your name, phone number and
the exact location of the emergency.
MISSUSE OF 9-1-1
False alarms/calls cost authorities valuable time that could be better spent handling real
emergencies AND is a crime!
9-1-1 AND THE HEARING IMPAIRED
The 9-1-1 Center has TDD/TTY capability for communicating with hearing and speech
911 SYSTEM CAPABILITIES
The 911 Computer System assists in identifying locations, response, incident recording and
record keeping. Capabilities include:
** An ANI (Automatic Number Identification) System automatically records the caller’s
phone number and voice.
**An ALI (Automatic Location Identification) System automatically shows the location of