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NCJ Number: 67504 Find in a Library
Title: NINE-ONE-ONE - A HOT LINE FOR EMERGENCIES
Journal: READER'S DIGEST  Dated:(DECEMBER 1968)  Pages:211-212,215-216 219
Author(s): J E ROUSH
Corporate Author: Oklahoma Dept of Vocational and Technical Education
United States of America
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Oklahoma Dept of Vocational and Technical Education
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IT IS URGED THAT 911 SHOULD BE ADOPTED AS A NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER.
Abstract: NOT ONE IN A THOUSAND AMERICANS KNOWS THE NUMBER OF HIS POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE SERVICE. THE ST. LOUIS DIRECTORY LISTS 161 EMERGENCY NUMBERS, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAS AT LEAST 45 EMERGENCY NUMBERS. THE DEATH RATE FROM FIRE IS FOUR TIMES AS HIGH IN THE UNITED STATES AS IN GREAT BRITAIN, A COUNTRY WITH BETTER METHOD FOR REPORTING FIRES. THE AUTHOR (A REPRESENTATIVE FROM INDIANA) STARTED A ONE-MAN CAMPAIGN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR A SINGLE, NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER IN THE U.S. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY, THE LARGEST SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES, ARGUED THAT SUCH A NUMBER ALREADY EXISTED IN '0' FOR OPERATOR. HOWEVER, EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT THE DELAYS IN REACHING THE OPERATOR ARE INTOLERABLE IF A HOLDUP IS IN PROGRESS OR SOMEONE IS BLEEDING TO DEATH. WEST GERMANY, DENMARK, BELGIUM, AND GREAT BRITAIN ALL HAVE A THREE-DIGIT EMERGENCY NUMBER. MANY GOVERNORS, POLICE CHIEFS, AND FIRE MARSHALLS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE RESPONDED TO THE IDEA ENTHUSIASTICALLY, AND THE NUMBER 911 WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE IT IS EASY TO REMEMBER. SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES (AMONG THE HALEYVILLE, ALA.; HUNTINGTON, IND.; AND NEW YORK CITY) HAVE ADOPTED THE 911 NUMBER, BUT 911 IS FAR FROM BECOMING NATIONWIDE. DUE TO THE COST INVOLVED IN ADJUSTING THE TELEPHONES, COMMUNITIES WILL NOT RECEIVE 911 UNLESS THEY TAKE ACTIVE INITIATIVE. THE ARTICLE CONTAINS NO BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. (SAJ)
Index Term(s): Emergency communications; Nine-one-one (911) emergency telephone number
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