911 Emergency Services

The 9-1-1 emergency service is a continuous call transfer system that enables a person to be linked in a matter of seconds to an emergency service provider. When a distressed person calls 9-1-1, the dispatcher will automatically receive computerized information on the exact location where the call originates. The person will be questioned in order to determine whether they require police, fire or ambulance service. The call is then transferred to the appropriate dispatch agency, which immediately sends the required emergency services. Once you have been transferred to the appropriate emergency dispatcher, remember the following:

  • Stay calm and give clear information
  • Provide accurate directions to your location
  • If it's a medical emergency, give as much information about the patient's condition as possible.

Remember, if you dial 911 by mistake, DO NOT HANG UP! Stay on the line to tell the 911 operator that everything is okay. If you hang up, the operator may unneccesarily dispatch a police vehicle to investigate.

Only call 9-1-1 for the following emergency situations:

  • Police
  • Fire
  • Ambulance

House Numbers

Have you ever heard the saying time saves lives?

It refers to the fact that in a fire, medical or police emergency, the quicker emergency responders get to you the better. However, sometimes precious minutes are lost because responders can't find the address.

What can you do?

  • Make sure your address is clearly posted on your house and at the entrance of your driveway if your house is set back from the roadway.
  • Keep bushes, plantings, and trees trimmed so as not to interfere with the view of your house number from the road.
  • Have your lettering and numbers about 5" in size, on a contrasting background or in reflective material, and be visible from at least 150 feet.

Don't know your house number?

Contact the Cariboo Regional District and we will be happy to assist you.

Make sure your address number is clearly visible from the street – day or night! Ensure emergency personnel are able to find you as quickly as possible.

Sharing the Road With Emergency Vehicles

It’s the law. Any driver who sees and hears an emergency vehicle approaching from either direction must move out of the way.

Everyday, police fire and ambulance vehicles respond to urgent calls. Precious time lost in their arrival, could mean the difference between life and death. Imagine if it was you or your family who needed help.

The British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act Section 177 states:

“On the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving an audible signal by a bell, siren or exhaust whistle, and showing a visible flashing red light, except when otherwise directed by a peace officer, a driver just yield the right of way, and immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the nearest edge or curb of the roadway, clear of an intersection, and stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed.”


Signal, pull over to the nearest edge of the road on the approach of an emergency vehicle and stop.

  • In an intersection – move out of the intersection if it is safe to do so, and then stop at the edge of the road until the emergency vehicle has passed.
  • Check for additional emergency vehicles before pulling back out onto the roadway.
  • Use your rear view mirror(s) frequently to monitor for emergency vehicles approaching from the rear.
  • You may see an emergency vehicle before you hear it. Be attentive to the flashing lights. It will give you more time to select a safe place to pull over.

The Benefits

  • Emergency responders will be able to arrive on scene sooner to help those in need faster.
  • Cooperating drivers on the highway help to lessen the stress encountered by emergency vehicle operators during an emergency response.
  • Drivers avoid prosecution for “failing to yield to an emergency vehicle”.
  • Provide for a safer response for the crews on the emergency vehicle and the public.


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