Lithuania: call 112 in emergencies

Fire, medical, crime emergency: remember the universal 112

112 is Lithuanian equivalent of American 911, or British 999. The operators are staffed so as someone able to assist in English is readily available.

The number can be dialed (rung) from any telephone free of charge. A clearly presented case of emergency that threatens an individual's life triggers special orchestrated procedures. Yet just as it usually goes, knowingly presenting a case as a life-threatening when it is not will subject the prankster to civil and criminal liability.

112 centers act as dispatchers. Fire, police and medical emergencies can be dealt with directly by dialing (ringing) respective short numbers. Direct communication with fire, police and ambulance does not warrant help is available in English.

Fire: 01

Can't be dialed directly from cell/mobile phone. The word to yell in Lithuanian to alert public: GAISRAS (pronounced GAIS-rahs - the first syllable as in "gain")

Police: 02

Can't be dialed directly from cell/mobile phone. The word to yell in Lithuanian to alert public: POLICIJA (pronounced poh-LEETS-ee-yah). Many are likely to understand the word "police" pronounced as it is pronounced in English.

Ambulance: 03

Can't be dialed directly from cell/mobile phone. The word to yell in Lithuanian to alert public: GREITOJI (pronounced gray-TOH-yee)