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911 will be new emergency number starting next year. 911 will be new emergency number starting next year.

Emergency? 911 will be the number to call

Police, fire, Red Cross and other numbers will migrate to the new number in 2016

The number for a new national emergency phone line will be 911, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) announced this week.

One single number for all emergency calls was announced last November by President Enrique Peña Nieto as one of a series of measures in response to the Iguala-Ayotzinapa events of September 26 and 27. At the time it was to be 911.

But last April the federal Chamber of Deputies approved legislation to make 066 the official number.

Now 911 is back, and existing emergency numbers will be required to migrate to it. Those include 060 for local police, 061 for state and Federal District judicial police, 065 for the Red Cross, 066 for the national system for citizen emergencies, 068 for fire emergencies and 080 for security and emergency calls.

The new number, for both fixed line and mobile telephones, is to begin operating early next year.

It will be managed by the executive secretariat of the National Public Security System.

Telecommunications service providers will be required to provide free access to the emergency number.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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