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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 2/16/17 – CALL 9-1-1 DAY!

payphone“Does anyone know the phone number for 9-1-1?” ~ Al Bundy, famous numbskull.

Before February 16, 1968, however, nobody knew the number, it was different in every town, making today

NATIONAL CALL 9-1-1 DAY!

Not that you should call 911 just to celebrate the day, it’s still for emergencies only. Used to be that telephone operators fielded all emergency calls. You just dialed “0” on your rotary telephone (free on pay phones), and the operator would decide to whom your call was directed, a decent system, but not 100% reliable. Inspired by the 9-9-9 emergency code adopted by Great Britain and its Commonwealth nations in 1937, the first 9-1-1 call in America was made on a special commemorative Red Phone in Haleyville, Alabama, and since then, one municipality at a time, 9-1-1 Service Centers have been swiftly and expertly dispatching first responders all over America to those in need. Don’t play in traffic, but if you do, you know the number. Here’s to the very first of our first responders, our amazing and dedicated 9-1-1 operators/dispatchers, the first link in our lifesaving chain.

•Suggested Activities: Looking up “rotary telephone.”

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