Contact: LTC Karen D. Pinch, Commander Officer, RI Department of Public Safety Telephone: (401) 444-1003
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that on Monday, November 18, 2013 a ceremony will take place recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the Rhode Island E 9-1-1 Uniform Emergency Telephone System, and twelve employees of the agency who have been serving at the agency since its inception. The ceremony will take place at the Colonel Walter E. Stone Conference Center at Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, 311 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, Rhode Island at 10:00 a.m.
In 1973, the 3-digit number "9-1-1" was established as the national emergency telephone number; however, implementation was the responsibility of states and local governments. After almost a decade of extensive research, commission meetings, and public hearings, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation creating the Rhode Island E 9-1-1 Emergency Uniform Telephone System. In November 1988, the system went on-line and has been serving the public safety emergency calls of the citizens of Rhode Island ever since, receiving over half of a million calls annually.
A citation will be presented to the agency recognizing the 25th anniversary. Additionally, the twelve members of the agency that have been employed at Rhode Island E 9-1-1 since it began in 1988 will be presented with citations commending them for their years of service. Due to the work of all agency members, past and present, Rhode Island E 9-1-1 enjoys a reputation nationally as a leader in the E 9-1-1 industry.