Emergency Numbers in Spain
Who to call and what to say in an emergency...
|Emergency Service Numbers|
|Pan-European Emergency Number||112|
|Ambulance Service (Ambulancia)||061|
|National Police (Policía Nacional)||091|
|Local Police (Policía Municipal)||092|
|Civil Guard (Guardia Civil)||062|
|Fire Service (Bomberos)||080|
|Health Rapid Response Line (24 hour)||902 111 444|
|Social Help Centre (24 hour)||900 703 030|
European SOS 112
The number 112 can be dialled to reach emergency services - medical, fire and police - from anywhere in Europe. The operator redirect the call to the appropriate service. This Pan-European emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile cellular phone). Calls are free. The number can be used for any life-threatening situation, including:
Serious medical problems (accident, unconscious person, severe injuries, chest pain, seizure)
Any type of fire (house, car)
Life-threatening situations (crimes)
Information on the 112 number from the European Commission website
Calls from SOS phones on main roads and motorways are free. Other emergency calls are charged at a reduced rate.
Understanding the Police Services
National Police (Policía Nacional): cover mainly urban areas across Spain. Their duties include dealing with terrorism, national security, protecting national and international dignitaries and combating crime with a national impact (spread across different regions).
Civil Guard (Guardia Civil): is a military force that operates mainly in rural areas and is responsible for dealing with robberies, drug offences, murders and fatal traffic accidents.
Local Police (Policía Municipal): cover towns and cities. In general they deal with traffic control and offences, lost property and crimes such as
muggings and neighbourhood disputes.
Glossary of Emergency Words & Terminology
|Emergency services||Servicios de urgencia|
|Emergency Health Services||Servicio de Salud-urgencias|
|Civil Guard||Guardia civil|
|First Aid Posts||Casas de Socorro|
|Heart attack||Ataque cardiaco/Infarto|
|Medical Centres||Centros Médicos|
|Samaritans||Teléfono de la Esperanza|
|Serious illness||Enfermedad Grave|