About the development of the Centre

The Emergency Response Centre was registered in the current Register of Legal Entities on 2 October 2003.

In 2004–2006, the Emergency Response Centre was the central statutory body of internal affairs, directly subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior. In July 2006, it became subordinate to the Fire Protection and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior.

The Emergency Response Centre started administering calls for help on 1 September 2004.

In 2004–2005, it took over the administration of 112, short police and fire and rescue emergency service numbers in the city of Vilnius and a part of Vilnius district.

In the territorial development of services of 112, in 2008, Vilnius, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Alytus branches of the Emergency Response Centre were established with regional subdivisions in some cities. With the takeover of the administration of 112 and other short emergency numbers from police stations and fire and rescue boards and services, the branches were gradually incorporated, abolishing regional units.

Since July 2013, the Emergency Response Centre has conducted its activities throughout Lithuania.

The administration of short medical emergency numbers was also taken over in 2020–2021.

On 1 October 2021, the old emergency service numbers in Lithuania were abolished, leaving a single emergency telephone number for requests for help  112.

Having abolished Šiauliai branch in August 2015, the Emergency Response Centre now has three territorial units: Vilnius, Klaipėda and Alytus. Emergency calls to 112 are received and administered in Vilnius and Klaipėda branches. Alytus branch manages the fire and rescue forces.


Last updated: 19-11-2021