"911" emergency in Australia

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"911" emergency in Australia

Post by JANE DOErell » Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:08 pm

We were watching a DVD, Sweetie (Criterion Collection) (1989), and at one point someone said call 911 during an emergency.

Does Australia use "911" for an emergency number or did the people who make Criterion Collection DVDs dub it for a US audience?
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Post by russcable » Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:12 pm

Australians call 000 (the European standard 112 also works on cell phones but probably didn't in 1989). 911 is the standard for the US, Canada, and Argentina.
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Post by Phil White » Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:17 pm

With all the usual caveats with respect to the Wikipedia, it covers the emergency numbers across the globe very well here.

The answer is no. Australia uses 000. The US, Canada and a few odd places like Fiju, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay use 911.

Europe has actually got their act together and has a uniform number 112, which even works in the land of pounds and ounces (it's just that nobody has told the Brits yet - even instructions from the Police tell the Brits to dial 999).
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Post by Phil White » Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:08 pm

Of course, neither 911 nor 112 nor 999 nor 000 help in times of national disaster such as yet another loss of a rugby match to England in the World Cup.
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"911" emergency in Australia

Post by gdwdwrkr » Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:42 pm

Who was it said, "Quick, what's the number for 911?"?
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:32 am

Probably the same person who wanted to know who wrote Beethoven's 5th.
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"911" emergency in Australia

Post by paulwiggins » Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:56 am

It's not unknown for some scenes in Australian productions to be shot twice wirh amendments for US audiences. One looks fporward without hope to them returning the favour. In news reports the number is commonly given as triple-0. http://www.sccfd.org/travel.html throws up some real eyebrow raisers. Mr white would need to call 21606666 if he met an unsporting All Blacks supporter in Algeria.supporter
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