Brazos County Emergency
Communications District
Brazos County Emergency
Communications District
P.O. Box 911
Bryan, TX  77806
Fax 979.821.3407
History of 9-1-1

9-1-1 is a three-digit telephone number that has been set aside as the telephone number to be used in the event of an emergency and as a means of calling for police, fire, or emergency medical assistance.  In some countries, a three-digit number has been used for many years.

1937    Great Britain uses the digits 999

1957    National Fire Chiefs Association advocates a single number to report fires.

1967    Law Enforcement recommends national emergency phone number.

1968    On January 12, AT&T designates the numbers 9-1-1 to be used throughout the country as an emergency telephone number.

1968    On February 16, Senator Rankin Fite completes the first 9-1-1 call made in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama.

1968    February 22, Nome, Alaska implements 9-1-1 service.

1970    AT&T begins the development of sophisticated features for 9-1-1 with a pilot program in Alameda County, California.  This feature is "selective call routing."

1973    Odessa is the first city in Texas to have 9-1-1 installed.

1973    In March, the White House Office of Telecommunications issues a national policy statement which recognizes the benefits of 9-1-1.

1976    Approximately 17% of the population of the United States has 9-1-1 service.

1979    Approximately 26% of the population of the United States has 9-1-1 service.

1980    Texas sees its first legislation providing a self-support funding structure for 9-1-1.

1980    Texas begins implementation of 9-1-1 through:
    24 Emergency Communications Districts
    24 Councils of Government
    27 Home Rule Cities

1983    On May 10, the 9-1-1 Emergency Act is signed into law by Texas Governor Mark White.

1985    On July 11, the Texas Advisory Commission on State Emergency Communications (ACSEC) begins a 17-month study on the feasibility of statewide implementation of 9-1-1.

1987    On January 20, ACSEC recommends a proposal that provides ANI as a minimum level of service; funding that includes a flat fee on local exchange telephone service; a surcharge on intrastate long distance funding.

1987    On May 21, H.B. 911 is signed into law by Texas Governor Bill Clements.  This bill provides statewide funding for 9-1-1.

1995    Approximately 75% of the U.S. population has 9-1-1 service.  In Texas, 98% of the population has 9-1-1 service.

1998    100% of the population of Texas has 9-1-1 service.

1999    Nearly 93% of the population of the U.S. is covered by some type of 9-1-1 service.  95% of that coverage is Enhanced 9-1-1.

2001    Monterrey, Mexico implements 080 for their emergency number.  In addition, Canada recognizes the advantages of a single emergency number and chooses to adopt 9-1-1, thus unifying the concept and giving 9-1-1 international stature.

2009    On June 9, a call center in Blackhawk County, Iowa, is the first in the country to successfully receive text messages sent directly to 9-1-1.

2013    On March 4, "Emergencia 911 S.A. de C.V." based in Monterrey, Mexico, develops an app to provide 9-1-1 service to mobile phone users in Mexico. The app, which is called 911Mx, not only allows voice calling, but for the first time ever, it allows dispatchers to get the geo location of the citizen through the internet.