In Case of Emergency — Call 9-1-1
Posted at 11:45 a.m.
Sooner or later it will probably happen to you. An emergency strikes and you need an ambulance, fire equipment or police — now.
Don’t waste precious seconds trying to call your local fire or police station. Just dial 9-1-1, by voice or TTY (or text 9-1-1). The 9-1-1 dispatchers have the training to gather the proper information and dispatch all necessary resources for the situation. And although you may be tempted to call friends and family, if you are experiencing an emergency, it’s important to call 9-1-1 first.
This is an especially timely reminder since today is the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call in the United States. On Feb. 16, 1968, Alabama State Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call in Haleyville, Ala.
In Fairfax County, 9-1-1 was adopted in 1981. And in 2005, the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) was established after previously being a component of the Fairfax County Police Department.
DPSC, also known as the county’s 9-1-1 Center, is a nationally recognized public safety communications center, the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of the 10 largest in the United States.
DPSC receives approximately 1 million calls per year requesting public safety service and dispatches units of the Fairfax County Police Department, Fire and Rescue Department and Sheriff’s Office. In addition to Fairfax County, DPSC is the designated 9-1-1 public safety answering point for the towns of Herndon and Vienna and the City of Fairfax located in the county.
Fairfax County 9-1-1 is an accredited 9-1-1 center for emergency medical dispatch with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. The county’s 9-1-1 Center also is a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.
The county’s 9-1-1 Center and its employees — the First of the First Responders.