Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of First 911 Call

TAZEWELL COUNTY (WOAY) – The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office wants to announce its celebration activities for the 50th Anniversary of the first 911 Call this Friday.

On February 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite, made the first 911 call from the Haleyville, AL City Hall.  From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to consumer expectations and has gradually changed our Emergency Services throughout the United States and advanced communications between various emergency agencies in every community. Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get better, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property.  Today, 911 centers across the county answer more than 650,000 emergency calls a day. Tazewell County’s Center, which was established in 1997, has become the busiest 911 Center in Southwest Virginia and processes approximately 95,000 phone calls per year along with over 1 million radio transmissions.

The public is invited to help the Sheriff’s Office celebrate this special day. The 911 Center will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, February 16th, with guided tours and light refreshments available to the public. This will also be a good opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a 911 Dispatcher to come in and see firsthand the job of an Emergency Dispatcher and pick up an application. The 911 Center is located at 140 School Street in Tazewell at the corner of Marion Avenue and School Street.  Parking will be available behind the Tazewell County Public Library on Main St.

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