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How “911” Became the Emergency Call Number in North America

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Before the 1960s, the United States did not have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed the police or fire department. 00:22

  2. The number 9-1-1 was chosen as the emergency number because it is short, easy to remember, and can be dialed quickly. 01:52

  3. Great Britain was the first country to establish a universal emergency number (999). 03:35