9 Fun Facts About 911 Emergency Calls

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911 is intended for use in emergency circumstances only, and to use it for any other purpose (such as prank calls) can be a crime. Here are some fun facts about the 911 emergency calls.


1
Over 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year.

2
For many Americans, the ability to call 911 is the primary reason they own a cell phone.

3
Known as the “The City Where 911 Began,” Haleyville, Alabama, holds a 911 festival every year that honors all police, fire, and emergency personnel.

4
A woman in Deltona, Florida, was arrested after she called 911 four times to complain about a nail technician. Even with a police deputy sitting next to her, she still called 911 to complain that her nails were too short.

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A 58-year-old Florida woman was accused of using 911 twice to solicit sex. When an officer initially arrived, she said there was no emergency and instead grabbed the officer’s arm and rubbed his chest.

6
A man called 911 to complain that he was stuck in a hot tub. He requested some hot chocolate, marshmallows, and a hug.

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In 2012, Joshua Basso of Dover, Florida, allegedly dialed 911 repeatedly and requested female officers to come to his house to have sex with him.

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There is no national 911 network. All networks are local networks.

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Initially, neither the FCC nor Congress wanted any jurisdiction over 911 or its operation, most likely because they did not want to fund the 911 system.