Thanks to GeoConex the 911 operating system
has come a long way. These days Public Service and Homeland Security
Organizations depend on hardware and software that features the latest
innovations. GPS Mapping, JMS Solutions, Cartography Design, RMS and EMS
Solutions, consulting service and training solutions are just a few of the
services provided by GeoConex, but those services weren’t available back in
1968 when a man by the name of Robert, or Bob, Fitzgerald along with his
colleagues installed the very first 911 emergency system, implemented in
Haleyville, Alabama, but not everyone agrees.
In fact, Gary Allen describes several events
that occurred before 1968 with the following being verified.
In July of 1937, the first 999 emergency
phone systems to service the fire and police departments were in Hampstead
Britain does it again in 1957 when the
National Association for Fire Chiefs suggested the use of a single digit to
report fires. During that same year, Australia implemented a 999 emergency
number while in December of 1957, The California Highway Patrol, or CHP
introduced the traffic emergency number known as Zenith 1-2000.
Not far behind, New Zealand began to use
their very own 111 emergency numbers.
It wasn’t until Jun 21, 1959 that the first three-digit
emergency phone system, 999, was introduced into Canada becoming the first
emergency three-digit telephone system in North America.
In 1961, Australia began introducing a 000 emergency
number into the metropolitan parts of the country.
Although President Lyndon B Johnson
recommended the use of a single digit emergency phone number in 1967 it never
quite eventuated with AT & T announcing their own designated 911 universal
emergency phone number. This was announced at a press conference in Washington
DC. 35 days later the very first 911 call was made from Haleyville City Hall to
the city’s police station with US Representative Tom Bevill reportedly
answering with a simple, “Hello.”
The rest of the states soon followed suit
with California and Texas implementing its first 911-phone system in 1970.
The White House encouraged nationwide
adoption of the 911-telephone operating system in 1973 with New York including
EMS, fire, and police into its expanded 911 service.
According to several documented reports, the
United States Military was actually using the numbers 1-1-7 to report United
States military base fires.
Much has changed
since the early days, but thanks to GeoConex, today’s 911 telephone operating
system is smarter than it used to be, and continues to improve with the
sophisticated software and hardware systems from GeoConex.