Deaf and Interpreter Services

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

NOTE: Callers using TTY equipment must dial 9-1-1 to reach police, fire and emergency medical assistance.

  • To assist hearing impaired callers, every 9-1-1 phone console in the Seattle Police 9-1-1 Center is equipped with a Text Telephone (TTY) machine
  • Each calltaker is trained in the procedures to answer these calls.
  • Frequent test calls are done to assure that calltakers maintain their TTY skills.

Interpreter Services

  • Call takers have immediate access to interpreters who can assist them in communicating with callers
  • The 9-1-1 call taker will connect you to an Interpreter, and they will coordinate their assistance.

To access interpreter services:

  • Call 9-1-1 and in English, state that this is an emergency (either fire or medical) and what language (or dialect) you speak.
  • The operator will conference the call with an interpreter.
  • Let the interpreter control the conversation.