Here's something that I never thought about: the history of 911. If you are curious like me, on Tedium, Ernie Smith looks at 911's arduous history to become what it is today.
Because if a system for emergency treatment is to exist, it needs to work immediately. And in many parts of the country, it did not. To offer frame of reference you're familiar with: You know how the vehicle from Ghostbusters is a white hearse? That's because vintage ambulances were hearses. And in some rural towns, the hearses from the funeral homes pulled-double duty—and the funeral home employees didn't have much in the way of instruction beyond "drive fast." The EMT, as a concept, was still a few years off.
I also learnt that the United Kingdom has had an emergency number since 1937.
First introduced in the London area on 30 June 1937, the UK's 999 number is the world's oldest emergency call telephone service. The system was introduced following a fire on 10 November 1935 in a house on Wimpole Street in which five women were killed. A neighbour had tried to telephone the fire brigade and was so outraged at being held in a queue by the Welbeck telephone exchange that he wrote a letter to the editor of The Times, which prompted a government inquiry.
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