NG9-1-1 Institute Celebrates 50 Years Since First 9-1-1 Call Made
Monday, February 12, 2018 | Comments

The NG9-1-1 Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call. The first 9-1-1 call was made in Haleyville, Alabama, Feb. 16, 1968.

Nearly 50 years to the day of that call, the NG9-1-1 Institute will celebrate the history of 9-1-1 and honor past and present 9-1-1 professionals who have saved 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 (IAFC) recommended the use of a single number for reporting fires.

To help celebrate the anniversary, 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. Learn more about the history of 9-1-1 and how to submit your story here.

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