The Call - Winter 2017 - 19

F E AT U R E

THE HISTORY OF 9-1-1
LONGTIME NENA
MEMBER AND FORMER
DIRECTOR OF FAIRFAX
COUNTY, VA 9-1-1,
STEVE SOUDER, HAS
CAPTURED THE RICH
HISTORY OF 9-1-1 IN
AN INTERESTING AND
HIGHLY INFORMATIVE
ON-DEMAND
PRESENTATION.
NENA INVITES AND
ENCOURAGES ALL NENA
MEMBERS TO VISIT
NENA.ORG/50WEBINAR
TO VIEW THE
PRESENTATION AND USE
IT AS AN EDUCATION
TOOL DURING 9-1-1'S
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
YEAR! CHECK IT OUT
TO LEARN SOME 9-1-1
HISTORY, HEAR FUN
FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW,
AND GAIN A RENEWED
APPRECIATION OF JUST
WHAT 9-1-1 MEANS
TO THE 240 MILLION
AMERICANS WHO
NEED EMERGENCY
HELP EVERY YEAR.

February 16, 2018 marked the
50th/Golden Anniversary of the first
9-1-1 call. Over the past half century,
9-1-1 has become the most familiar
number in the United States and
the gateway through which most
emergencies in America are reported.
During this 50 year period, emergency
calls placed through the 9-1-1 system
in conjunction with public safety Call
Takers and Dispatchers (Public Safety
Telecommunicators/PSTs), working
closely with their public safety Law
Enforcement, Fire-Rescue and EMS
partner agencies, have helped in
saving millions of lives and trillions of
dollars of property. The history of 9-1-1
is a fascinating and compelling story,
made even more so when including the
33-year period leading up to the first
9-1-1 call made in Haleyville, Alabama
on February 16, 1968.
Some important dates include:
* The concept of 9-1-1 was born as the
result of a tragic fire in London, UK on
November 10, 1935
* On June 30, 1937 London instituted
the number 999 to report an
emergency
* In 1957 the National Association of Fire
Chiefs (now International Association)
began to advocate for a 3 digit
number be used in the US
* The Commission on Law Enforcement
and Administration of Justice,
through Executive Order in early 1968,
recommended a 3 digit emergency
reporting number

9-1-1 History Webinar Available
Longtime NENA member
Steve Souder, former Director of Fairfax
County, VA 9-1-1 has captured the
rich History of 9-1-1 in an interesting
and highly informative on-demand
presentation with imbedded audio.
The webinar is suitable for use at
chapter meetings, 9-1-1 centers, training
academies, schools, civic associations,

media events, etc. The presentation is
easily downloaded using the link
nena.org/50webinar
NENA invites and encourages
all NENA members to view and
use the presentaton during 9-1-1's
50th/Golden Anniversary year and
beyond....to gain and share a renewed
appreciation of why 9-1-1 has been
America's "go to number" to report
emergencies to public safety for the
past 50 years and will continue to be
in the next half century.  ●

Steve Souder, NENA Maryland &
NENA Virginia Chapter Member,
stevesouder@atlanticbb.net

Read the digital edition at www.naylornetwork.com/nen-nxt/

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Call - Winter 2017

President’s Message
From the CEO
The Leaders of 9-1-1 and Its Inception
Government Affairs
50 Years: 9-1-1 Grounded in Public Policy
Operations
The History of 9-1-1
Education & Training
Tech Trends
Products and Services Guide
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
The Call - Winter 2017 - Intro
The Call - Winter 2017 - cover1
The Call - Winter 2017 - cover2
The Call - Winter 2017 - 3
The Call - Winter 2017 - President’s Message
The Call - Winter 2017 - From the CEO
The Call - Winter 2017 - The Leaders of 9-1-1 and Its Inception
The Call - Winter 2017 - 7
The Call - Winter 2017 - 8
The Call - Winter 2017 - 9
The Call - Winter 2017 - 10
The Call - Winter 2017 - 11
The Call - Winter 2017 - Government Affairs
The Call - Winter 2017 - 50 Years: 9-1-1 Grounded in Public Policy
The Call - Winter 2017 - 14
The Call - Winter 2017 - 15
The Call - Winter 2017 - 16
The Call - Winter 2017 - Operations
The Call - Winter 2017 - 18
The Call - Winter 2017 - The History of 9-1-1
The Call - Winter 2017 - Education & Training
The Call - Winter 2017 - Tech Trends
The Call - Winter 2017 - Products and Services Guide
The Call - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
The Call - Winter 2017 - cover4
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