2018 was a milestone for the 9-1-1 industry. On February 16, 1968, in Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 call was made. For over 50 years 9-1-1 has been the lifeline that bridges the gap between those facing despair and chaos and first responders, making it possible to receive emergency assistance in a timely manner at a time when seconds count.
2018 also marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Jersey County 9-1-1 System. In November 1998 voters approved a referendum that placed a surcharge on landline telephones. These surcharge revenues would to be used for the purpose of building an enhanced 9-1-1 network. The Emergency Telephone System Board was created pursuant to statutory mandate to collect and disperse these monies and to implement the enhanced 9-1-1 system. Ten years later, in 2008, the enhanced 9-1-1 system went live.
While this post is a year after the fact, its never too late to celebrate the accomplishments within the industry, both nationally and locally. For more than 20 years the Jersey County Emergency Telephone System Board has worked to bring the best 9-1-1 service to the residents of Jersey County. For more than 10 years residents have enjoyed the benefit of their enhanced 9-1-1 system, a testament to commitment of the ETSB to fulfill the will of the people of Jersey County and provide them with the best 9-1-1 service possible.
As we look into the future the ETSB remains committed to the people of Jersey County and promises to continue to implement new programs, protocols, processes and technology to keep the 9-1-1 System up-to-date and ready to meet the needs of the people well into the future.