Annual Theme & Messages

The 9-1-1: The Number to Know Campaign is broad by design and is intended to work in conjunction with local outreach efforts and messaging, from general 9-1-1 information to specific themes.
2018 Campaign Theme:

February 2018 makes the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call.

On February 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite, made the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall. From that small, simple beginning, the technology has become increasingly more sophisticated. Enhanced 911 (E911) enabled calls to be routed to the right public
safety answering point (PSAP) along with location information and call-back number. Wireless E911 replicated that functionality for calls made from mobile phones. The FCC required the same for Voice over IP. Next Generation 911 (NG911) is currently bringing 911 into the age of smartphones and multi-media communications.

Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to deliver better, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property. And countless lives and properties have been saved – and will continue to be saved.

As we mark this historic event, we think of the many people whose contributions have gotten us to this point. 911 is, without doubt, a tremendous success story. We are proud to have had a part.

NASNA exists to promote statewide coordination of 911 in all states, to be an effective advocate for states in national 911 policy and initiatives, and to enable the development of seamless, interoperable nationwide NG911.