NATIONAL: ‘Hello 999... I need an ambulance, my husband’s lost his pyjamas’

The 999 service is 80 years old
The 999 service is 80 years old
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THE world’s oldest emergency service – 999 – is 80 years old today.

The last eight decades have seen the service expand from handling more than 1,000 calls in its first week of operation in London in 1937 to around 560,000 calls a week now - around 30 million calls a year, according to BT’s archives.

But not all the calls they receive are quite what you’d expect...

Here are transcripts provided by BT operators of exchanges showing the humorous side of unnecessary 999 calls.

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘I’m sorry to call 999 but I was looking for 101 but I don’t know the number.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Young caller: ‘Mountain Rescue please.’

Adviser: ‘Where are you?’

Young caller: ‘I’m on the top bunk and I can’t get down.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘I need the police please it is my daughter’s wedding day and her dress doesn’t fit anymore. I need the police to come and help me get her in it.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘I need the police, I ordered a takeaway that cost me £30 and they took it to number six, when I live at number seven.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘My laptop password won’t work, I need you to reset it for me.’

Adviser: ‘That’s not something we can help with.’

Caller: ‘Can you call my service provider and get them to ring me back?’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘I need an ambulance, my husband has lost his pyjamas and he cannot breathe without them.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘Well it’s quite urgent my rabbit has escaped, I need help.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘Can I get the police, someone has stolen my snowman from my garden, can you come quickly?’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘I need to cancel my hairdressers’ appointment, it’s an emergency and I can’t get through to the salon.’

Adviser: ‘Do you need fire, police or ambulance?’

Caller: ‘There’s a seagull with a broken arm.’