108 (emergency telephone number)
108 is a free telephone number for emergency services in India, currently operational in 18 States and union Territories i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala,Odisha and two Union Territories Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. When an emergency arises. The 108 Emergency Response Services is a free 24/7 emergency service providing integrated medical, police and fire emergency services. The service is a public private partnership between state governments and private EMS providers. 108 was introduced by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy for the first time in India
When an emergency is reported through 108, the call taker gathers the needed basic information and dispatches appropriate services. Basic information obtained includes:
- Where the call is placed from (district/taluka/city/town/exact location/landmark)
- The type of emergency
- Number of people injured and the condition of the injured
- The caller's name and contact number – for location guidance if required
Emergency help dispatched through this process is expected to reach the site of the emergency in an average of 18 minutes. Pre-hospital care will be given to patients being transported to the nearest hospital.
The 108 emergency response service should be called:
- To save a life
- To report a crime in progress
- To report a fire
- Anytime an emergency response is required for medical, law enforcement and fire
GVK EMRI operates Dial 108 in Emergency in public private partnership with state governments. The service is normally free to patients . GVK EMRI operates over 800 ambulances in Andhra Pradesh from where its operations began in Hyderabad.
Ambulances Distribution in Various States
Andhra Pradesh - 802 Gujarat - 671 Uttarakhand - 245 Goa - 33 Tamil Nadu - 638 Karnataka - 517 Assam - 899 Meghalaya - 47 Madhya Pradesh - 604 Himachal Pradesh - 174 Chhattisgarh - 540 Uttar Pradesh - 1194 Rajasthan - 592 Kerala - 43 Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Diu & Daman - 13 Included Boat Ambulances
- "Uttar Pradesh". Retrieved 31 October 2012.