Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Call 911Happy Birthday to 9-1-1.  Although we’re a few days late, because the very first 9-1-1 call was made on February 16th.

QUESTION:

In what year was the first 9-1-1 emergency call made?

ANSWER:

1968

EXPLANATION:

On January 12, 1968 AT&T announced their designation of 911 as a universal emergency number at a press conference in the Washington (DC) office of Indiana Rep. Ed Roush, who had championed for Congressional support for “one number.”

In Alabama, Bob Gallagher, president of the independent Alabama Telephone Co. decided he would beat AT&T to the punch and implement 911 first, somewhere within the Alabama Telephone Co. territory.

Just 35 days after AT&T’s announcement of 911, the first-ever 911 call is placed by Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite from Haleyville Alabama City Hall to U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill (Dem.) at the city’s police station at 2 PM on Friday, February 16, 1968.

NET CHECK IN’s

A total of 34 people checked into the Net tonight and 9 of those knew the answer to the Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • Brian – K6FIN
  • Tony – KI6GVY
  • John – KD6JEV
  • Jerry – KD6JPD
  • Fred – K6KUB
  • Ron – K6MSU
  • Roy – W6REH
  • Leon – AF6TT
  • Louie – AD6UP

And, as always, thanks to everyone for checking in to the Net.

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