What to do when bad luck strikes

Written by Garry on


All three emergency services in Ruhr can be considered top rate. The most most visible, the local police, are invariably courteous and professional and the diversity of cultural backgrounds of personnel is a sign of the improved times and good to observe. Dial 110 in an emergency.

Both the fire brigade and the ambulance service are well equipped and efficient. Emergency response and aid are never more than a few minutes away, depending on how central disaster strikes. Dial 112 for either emergency service.

All-night pharmacists on rota systems as well as medical and dental clinics to on-call doctors who actually make midnight house calls add up to a medical service that is one of the best in Europe.


The hospitals in Essen and Ruhr are part of the well-funded German health care setup that is supported by the high subsidies of the social system. That translates to some of the shortest waiting times in Europe and a level of professionalism that is sometimes envied. Essen lists seventeen.

More ...

Universitätsklinikum Essen

Hufelandstrasse 55 45122 Essen Tel.: 0201 723-0 Fax: 0201 723-4694 WWW: www.uniklinikum-essen.de

45122 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 723 0



The emergency number for the police is available around the clock 24/7 and the number to call for assistance in the case of an emergency is 110. The free calls are possible from any phone including mobiles. When reporting, the police advise callers to offer up four important “W’s”.

More ...

Polizeipräsidium Essen

Büscherstrasse 2 - 6

45131 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 829 0


Fire Brigade

The fire brigade or fire department (Feuerwehr) naturally runs a 24 hour emergency response service for the whole of region of Ruhr. Besides domestic properties, they are responsible for any crisis in the vast regions of the industry parks and business districts. Call 112 in and emergency.

More ...

Feuerwehr Essen

Eiserne Hand 45

45139 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 1239



The number to call for an ambulance in an emergency is 112. A national organisation that responds quickly to emergencies in Essen and the Ruhr region is the German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz). Besides running ambulances they offer many other health related services.

More ...

DRK Kreisverband Essen e.V.

Hachestrasse 32

45127 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 847 40