The first implementation of 9-1-1 was in Haleyville, Alabama in January of 1968. Congress declared 9-1-1 should be the National Emergency Number just a few weeks before.
The first call from Haleyville was made by the Alabama Speaker of the House, Rankin Fite on February 6th 1968 to Tom Bevill, a Representative from the U.S. Technology in regards to 9-1-1 service has changed over time, however Haleyville's call proved the concept of 9-1-1 worked.
What is 9-1-1?
9-1-1 is an easy to remember, no-coin method allowing help to be dispatched to a person in need.
When should I dial 9-1-1?
When you feel emergency response is needed.This usually involves threat to life, health, or property.
What should I expect from dialing 9-1-1?
When you dial 9-1-1 in Lorain County, the Dispatcher will answer: "9-1-1 do you need Police, Fire, or Ambulance?"
Stay calm and clear and request the type of service needed... Verify your address or provide the location you are calling from.
Inform the Dispatcher of the location where help is needed.
Wireless callers should provide their cellular telephone number with the area code as well as mile markers, cross streets, landmarks or other information.
Remain on the line with the Dispatcher until completion of the call.
Follow the instructions of the Dispatcher.
If you dial 9-1-1 in error, DO NOT HANG UP! Stay on the line and inform the Dispatcher you have dialed in error.