50 years of 911, city handled 700,000 calls in 2017

February 16, 2018

 

The city of Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Citizen Services today announced its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call.

 

On Feb. 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite made the first 911 call from Haleyville City Hall.

 

From that historic beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to public safety incidents.

 

Each advancement has improved our nation's ability to get better, more reliable information to our public safety partners.

 

In 2017, the Emergency Communications and Citizen Services 9-1-1 Division handled over 700,000 emergency and non-emergency calls.

 

For 50 years, 9-1-1 has been a source of hope for many during times of crisis.

 

Join the city of Virginia Beach, and the community, in saying #ThankYou911 to these hard-working professionals for being there when they are needed the most.

 

To learn more about progress toward "Next Generation 9-1-1," the future of emergency communications, visit www.nena.org/page/NG911_StateActivity.

 

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