Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn February 16, 1968, politicians in Haleyville, Alabama, made a test call of the nation’s new emergency telephone number, 9-1-1. An emergency telephone number is an easy-to-remember (usually three-digit) number that allows a caller to quickly report the need for local emergency services, such as ambulances, the fire department, or the police.Calling 9-1-1 does not contact the emergency services directly. Instead, the number is answered by a trained emergency dispatcher at a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). This dispatcher directs the information to the most appropriate, available emergency service.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ambulance Noun
motor vehicle with special equipment used to transport sick people.
dispatcher Noun person responsible for receiving and transmitting messages, tracking vehicles and equipment, and recording other important information. enhance Verb
to add to or increase in worth.
position of a particular point on the surface of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: location politician Noun
person who serves as a representative of the citizens of a geographic area to the local, state, or national government.