911 is a nationally recognized, easy to remember, no-cost method of
contacting law enforcement, ﬁ re and emergency medical service agencies.
Since 911 is for emergencies, it’s common to wonder if making the call is the
right thing to do. Emergencies are any situation where law enforcement,
ﬁ re ﬁ ghters or medical help is needed. If you are unsure, call 911 and a call
taker will talk you through your situation and get the appropriate help.
Calling 911 is stressful but call-takers are trained to help you. Knowing what to expect can make
calling go smoothly and get you any needed help.
When Calling 911:
1. REMAIN CALM…
Speak slowly and clearly.
2. EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE CALLING…
Explain what you are reporting. Describe if the situation is still happening or not.
911 operators will ask questions about the Who, What, Where, When, Why & How of the
3. GIVE THE ADDRESS…
Give the exact location/address of the situation. Include street or apartment numbers,
ﬂ oor, and any information that will help emergency responders ﬁ nd the correct location.
4. GIVE YOUR NAME AND YOUR CURRENT LOCATION…
While not required, giving your name helps with any investigations that occur.
5. GIVE THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FROM WHERE YOU ARE CALLING…
Provide this information in case more information is later needed.
6. STAY ON THE LINE. DO NOT HANG UP…
Do not hang up until the 911 operator releases your call. Provide all the information you
have. Situations change constantly and updated information may be needed.
-Crimes in progress
-Offender at the scene of the crime
-Witnesses at the scene of the crime
-Any incident involving injuries
For emergencies, call 911
Explain your situation.
Answer all questions and follow
directions as instructed.
Bremerton Police Department