The day of the first 911 call – level 3


On February 16, 1968, the first 911 call in the United States was made in Alabama.

Before the 911 system was established, people had to call the local emergency services directly.

Each police, fire, or ambulance department had its phone number that people needed to know and dial in case of an emergency. The lack of a standardized system led to confusion and delays in getting help.

The newly introduced 911 emergency system speeded up the process and made it easier for people to reach emergency services quickly. It gradually became the standard across the United States, saving countless lives and property.

Difficult words: dial (to press the buttons on a phone to call somebody), countless (too many and impossible to count).

What other life-saving initiatives have been implemented since the introduction of the 911 system?


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