Brief History of E-911

We all know 911 is the emergency number used throughout the United States, but did you know it all started in Great Britain when they created their 999 system?

The 911 system was introduced into the US in the late 1960s. In 1997, the State of Vermont passed a statute upgrading our 911 with what is now known as an ‘Enhanced 911’ emergency calling system, hence E-911.

When a person calls the Vermont Enhanced 911 system, the call is routed to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The call-taker at the PSAP is presented with information from multiple databases that display the person’s number, locatable address, and information related to the local area fire/ambulance/police. All this is done to speed response.