Happy 80th birthday 999!
We're celebrating the 80th anniversary since the first 999 call
This week we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of 999. The service was launched in London on June 30, 1937, after the deaths of five women in a fire in London.
The easy to remember number 999 was agreed on – and it became the world’s first emergency number. The service has expanded rapidly since it began and when red lights and klaxons alerted operators that an emergency call was coming in.
More than a thousand calls were made to the new number in the first week of the service – now there’s an average of 597,000 calls a week across the UK in which NEAS answers over 9,000 calls per week.
Find out more here.