• On February 16, 1968, politicians in Haleyville, Alabama, made a test call of the new emergency telephone number, 9-1-1. An emergency telephone number is an easy-to-remember number that allows a caller to quickly report an emergency to the police, an ambulance service, or the fire department.
    9-1-1 is the emergency telephone number for many countries in North America, including Canada. Most countries in Europe use 1-1-2. In Australia, it’s 0-0-0. Many countries in Asia use 9-9-9. Some countries, such as Mexico, have separate numbers for police, fire, and health emergencies. 
    Today, most places in the U.S. have “enhanced 9-1-1,” a system that helps provide a caller’s location.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ambulance Noun

    motor vehicle with special equipment used to transport sick people.

    appropriate Adjective


    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.

    location Noun

    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.

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