SARATOGA FIRE DEPARTMENT - covers a portion of the City of Saratoga
- Emergency calls 408-867-3896
SUNNYVALE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - (includes both police and fire)
- Emergency calls 408-736-6244
- Non-Emergency dispatch 408-730-7180
- Police Records 408-730-7100
AMTRAK POLICE DEPARTMENT
- Emergency calls 800-331-0008 Washington, D.C.
- Non-emergency calls 408-271-4960 (San Jose)
- Non-emergency calls 415-546-4472 (San Francisco)
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - MORGAN HILL COMMAND CENTER
- Emergency calls 408-779-4111
CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL - Golden Gate Division - Dispatch Center - VALLEJO
- 911 calls from cellular telephones* go directly to CHP (toll-free).
- 911 calls from landline telephones - tell the local agency "I'd like the Highway Patrol," they will transfer.
- Non-emergency and Information calls 707-551-4100 - this is probably not a free call from your phone.
- Non-emergency and Information calls 888-301-4CHP (301-4247) - this is a toll-free call.
- During business hours: you will be connected with the Highway Patrol business office in your area.
- After hours: you will be connected with the Highway Patrol's Golden Gate Division Dispatch Center in Vallejo.
* = Changes are planned: Within (unknown time frame), 911 calls from cellular and "personal communications system" phones will go to local agencies, based upon the location of the cellular site ("tower") closest to the user. Because radio waves do not respect political jurisdiction boundaries, some of those calls will go to the wrong agencies. Therefore, it will still be necessary for callers to have a good idea of where they are and which agency they need.
It is not always possible for every citizen to dial 911 and have their particular emergency call go to the correct police or fire dispatch center immediately. Every agency will do as much as they can to get your call to the correct dispatch center; but every caller can contribute to the speedy handling of calls by knowing (a) where the emergency is, and/or (b) what agency they need. Yelling at the dispatcher "Just get someone out here," is counter-productive and will not help.
Beginning a conversation with "I am reporting a (type of emergency) at (location)" can put you well on the way to getting help to the scene much more quickly.
For additional tips regarding proper reporting of emergency situations, see How To Be A Good R.P.
CALTRANS - California Department of Transporation
- Statewide Road Conditions recording 800-GAS-ROAD (427-7623)
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Created on April 1, 1996. Last updated on May 25, 2004.
David W. Schultheis, San Josť, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, California, USA