October 10, 2017
At 2 p.m. on February 16, 1968, the nation’s first 9-1-1 call was placed in Haleyville, Alabama. Speaker of the House Rankin Fite made the call from the Haleyville Mayor’s Office to U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill in the Haleyville Police Station. In the very same county originating from the Haleyville Mayor’s Office nearly 50 years later, the Alabama 9-1-1 Board delivers the first test call through the Alabama Next Generation Emergency Network (ANGEN) today in partnership with its vendor, INdigital.
“There are many benefits for both the public and Alabama’s 9-1-1 centers in the months ahead. Some of these are faster call delivery, state wide interoperability between 9-1-1 centers, better system redundancy, and support for new ways to communicate with 9-1-1,” said Mark Grady, President, INdigital.
Today’s call is only one of many steps in a 12- to 18-month project and the Alabama 9-1-1 Board is committed to making NG9-1-1 a reality. The goal of the project is that each 9-1-1 District will have the benefits of NG9-1-1 to help them meet the needs of their citizens and visitors.
- Leah Missildine, Executive Director, Alabama 9-1-1 Board