Emergency number cannot be saved

The emergency number in Europe is 112. I previously had this saved in my Google contacts as “Policia”, so when I recently discovered that this number is now a universal emergency number I tried to edit the description to cover ambulance and fire dept too. But when I hit Save in my Fairphone Contacts app is says “Emergency number cannot be saved”. This seems bizarre as it’s perhaps the most important number I might want to save!
I got around it by editing the contact via a web browser in Google’s Contacts page instead, but I’d be interested in knowing the thinking behind stopping me from saving an emergency number in my Fairphone!

Might be a general Android thing or carrier-related.
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