While most holidays travelling across Perth and Western Australia will go off without a hitch, situations may occur that are completely unexpected and out of your control, bringing your trip to an unwanted halt. That’s why it’s important to keep a list of local contacts for quick access to relevant services in case of an emergency.
We’d highly recommend keeping this list of numbers not only on your phone, but have a hard copy handy too in case your phone battery dies and you need to use a public phone.
If you’re in a situation that requires urgent emergency assistance, dial 000. This is Australia’s emergency service number which is free to use and can be quickly dialled, even from locked phones.
It’s important to only ever dial 000 in the case of an emergency. If your situation does not require urgent assistance, use the numbers below:
Police – 131 444
Fire – 133 337
Ambulance – 9334 1222
For more information about Australia’s emergency services, head over to the Australian Government Website here.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Warnings and Alerts
1300 657 209
DFES put out warnings and alerts to let travellers and home owners know if there are any local natural disasters occurring in different parts of Western Australia. Before setting off on each trip, check the DFES website for any warnings or alerts issued.
You can even sign up for their Emergency Alert Telephone Warning System to receive up-to-date messages to your mobile to warn you about possible threats – such as bushfires or flooding.
Rather than immediately contacting police for smaller matters, consider calling your local ranger. Local rangers can help you with a range of issues, including but not limited to:
- Patrols of parks and reserves
- Litter control
- Abandoned vehicles
- Deal with anti-social behaviour
- Animal control
Local ranger services can rectify issues with other local travellers or help to deal with littering and abandoned vehicles. Visit the WA Rangers website for the contact information of all local ranger services in Western Australia by clicking here.
Emergency Locksmiths – e.g. Lock, Stock & Farrell
(08) 6350 8500
A simple mistake such as locking yourself out of your car or caravan could put a spanner in the works, preventing your family from continuing their holiday. Luckily, with a quick call to a local Perth locksmith, like family owned Lock, Stock & Farrell, who offer a 7-day emergency service, they can come to your location and get you back into your locked vehicle in no time.
(08) 9474 9055
When travelling throughout Perth and Western Australia, you may come across some sick or injured animals and not know what to do. Luckily, by keeping the Wildcare Helpline phone number on hand, you can speak to experienced staff that can take you step by step through how to help the poor critters. After taking you through the steps, the operator will put you in touch with your closest local registered wildlife rehabilitator in Western Australia.
You can find more information about the Wildcare Helpline by visiting their website here.
The Western Australia Water Police operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The provide search and rescue services and assist in reporting and investigating stolen vessels and marine equipment. The water police also listen to marine radio channels (HF – 6215, 4125, 8291 and 8176) as well as (VHF- 16 and 67) 24/7.
If you’re planning to jump in your boat and travel across the West Australian coastline, check out what the WA Water Police do by visiting their website here.
There are volunteer marine rescue services scattered across the West Australian coastline. If your ideal holiday involves heading out on your boat, it’s important to write down the emergency contact number of relevant marine rescue services.
You can find the appropriate sea rescue group and their details by visiting the DFES WA website.
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