The launch of a new app means that BSL signers will have equal access to the fire, police, ambulance and coastguard emergency services and be able to exchange information quickly and accurately.
Chief inspector Doug Downing, who runs the Wiltshire Police Contact Centre said: "We receive around 250 999 calls every day and whilst I'm not expecting a high number of the new BSL calls, it's absolutely right that the 999 emergency service is available to as many people as possible regardless of their circumstances. We very much welcome the new facility"
The 999 BSL” app works on iOS or Android devices, or people can use use the 999 BSL website to contact 999 in BSL. No registration is needed. The service is designed to be very easy to use with just one button to call 999 via an interpreter. It also has a function to allow call backs if needed. All calls will be free and available 24/7.