Tazewell County celebrates 911 call anniversary

Tazewell County Virginia

TAZEWELL, Va. (WVNS) – The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating a big birthday for 911.

On February 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Rankin Fite, made the first 911 call from the Haleyville, Alabama City Hall.  

From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to emergencies.

Tazewell County’s Center, which was established in 1997, has become the busiest 911 Center in Southwest Virginia and processes about 95,000 phone calls per year along with more than 1 million radio transmissions. 

“We’re in a very unique position where we’re so close to the West Virginia border,” Tazewell County Deputy Harold Heatley said. “We get 911 calls from McDowell County, Mercer County. We get calls from the Richlands area and probably close to a million radio transmissions every single year and over a hundred thousand calls for service.”

The 911 Center held guided tours. It was a chance for people to see first hand what an Emergency dispatcher deals with on a daily basis.

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