50th Anniversary of 9-1-1
February 16, 2018 – the 50th Anniversary of 9-1-1
Help the NG911 Institute Celebrate by Submitting Your Stories
The first 9-1-1 call was made in Haleyville, AL on February 16, 1968. Nearly fifty years to the day of that call, the NG911 Institute will be celebrating the history of 9-1-1 and honoring the 9-1-1 professionals – past and present – who have saved so many lives in communities across the United States.
The three-digit telephone number “9-1-1” was designated by Congress as the universal emergency number in 1999, but the origins of 9-1-1 date back many years before that. In the United States, an initial catalyst for a nationwide emergency telephone number was in 1957, when the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommended the use of a single number for reporting fires. In 1967, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice recommended that a “single number should be established” nationwide for reporting emergency situations. In November 1967, the FCC met with the AT&T to explore the possibility of establishing a universal emergency number that could be implemented quickly. And in 1968, AT&T announced that it would establish the digits 9-1-1 as the emergency code throughout the United States. On February 16, 1968, Alabama State Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call made in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama.
Public Resources on the History of 9-1-1
During the NG911 Institute’s 15th Annual Honor Awards reception on February 14th in Washington, we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of 9-1-1 and the people who have made the system the envy of the world. To help us with that celebration, the Institute is seeking stories that exemplify the importance of 9-1-1 and the dedication and heroism of the 9-1-1 professionals serving local communities across the United States.
We ask that you please submit either
(a) short videos (1-2 minutes) about a memorable 911 call(s) that you received as a 9-1-1 telecommunicator, or that you made to save a life, or that someone else made to save your life; or
(b) a short written summary of the same (up to 700 words).
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “50th Anniversary Stories.”
Please note that any video or written submission may be used by the Institute to publicly promote the 50th anniversary