History Of 911 System

  • In 1960, United States did not have the 911 system
  • Los Angeles had 50 different police departments and just as many phone numbers.
  • There was lack efficiency of calling for aids, you need to know the phone number from different departments in  
  • National Fire Chief’s Association suggested a national emergency phone number to the system in 1957 and the President Lyndon B. Johnson started to take action for the improvement 10 years later.
  • In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission worked with the AT&T Company, so they came up with a convenient number (911) as a universal number for emergency.
  • According to the statistics of emergency showing approximately 26% that citizens were able to contact the local emergency services. In 1989, the number had risen up to 50 %. Moreover, the number of U.S citizens approach to 99% that they can access their local emergency services by calling 911.
  • The idea of 911 being created was originally came from British in 1937.
  • On February 16, 1968, Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call made in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama. The serving telephone company was then Alabama Telephone Company. This Haleyville 9-1-1 system is still in operation today.




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