The fire brigade is part of the Fire Brigade and Emergency Medical Service of the Brussels-Capital Region (SIAMU/DBDMH). Brussels has nine fire stations and almost one thousand professional fire fighters.
Beside fire prevention and fighting the SIAMU/DBDMH also provides emergency medical assistance via the number 112. You can use this European emergency number in the 27 member states of the European Union.
The number 100 or 112?
It makes no difference in Belgium whether you call the number 100 or 112. You will always end up at the same switchboard. In the future, all switchboards for emergency help will be merged, and reached via the number 112. This will not take place in Belgium alone, but across the whole of Europe.
When to call 112?
At the smallest sign of fire or suspicious smoke, in the event of a gas leak, an accident either at home or en route, a flood, an emergency hospital admission or any other danger, do not hesitate to call the emergency number 112.
You will be put through to the telephone switchboard at the SIAMU/DBDMH, which is authorised to handle all emergency calls of a non-police nature. For urgent police assistance, you should always call 101.
If you call 112, try to remain calm and state as clearly as possible the location of the accident, including the full address, the type of accident and the number of people injured or in danger. This information allows the SIAMU/DBDMH to send the right people with the right equipment as quickly as possible.
For fire, accidents or medical emergencies, call 112 throughout Belgium and Europe.
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