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13 July 2010
17/2010
Commemorative Issue

Emergency Services

Australia
This stamp issue is designed to heighten public awareness for phoning Triple Zero. It has been estimated that in approximately 60 per cent of cases people who phone 000 do so for the wrong reasons.

In Australia, Triple Zero (000) is the primary national emergency number. It puts Australians in contact with the police, fire and ambulance services during a life or property-threatening, time-critical emergency.

Knowing how to call Triple Zero in an emergency can be the difference between life and death. There are three key messages to remember when calling Triple Zero. These are:

  • stay focused
  • stay relevant
  • stay on line.
It is essential the caller tells the operator the emergency service required and where they are calling from. Remembering these instructions ensures the caller receives the right emergency service in the quickest time possible.

In 1961, the office of the Postmaster General (PMG) introduced the 000 number in major population centres, and near the end of the 1980s extended its coverage nationwide. The number

Police  

Police

Fire  

Fire

Ambulance  

Ambulance

Call Service  

Call Service

Cancellation Stamps

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Emergency Services

Technical Information

Issue date ......................... 15 June 2010
FDI withdrawal date .......... 13 July 2010
Denominations .................. 4 x 55c
Stamp design .................... Andrew Hogg
Product design .................. Dong Uong, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer ............................... McKellar Renown/Pemara (Rolls)
Paper (gummed, s/a) ......... Tullis Russell (McKellar Renown)
B100 s/a and B90 stamp paper (Pemara)
Printing process ................ Lithography
Stamp size ........................ 26mm x 37.5mm
Perforations ....................... 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout ..................... Sheets of 50
Special feature .................. Decorative gutter
National postmark ............. Canberra, ACT 2600
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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