Honoring 50 years since first 9-1-1 call--and what's next

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - February marks marks the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call.

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Of course, 9-1-1 and the infrastructure that supports it has changed significantly since 1968--and even since 1988, when it came Brazos County.

"It was just a brick phone that we answered, right there in the agency," said Anita Pitt, Brazos Valley Council of Governments 9-1-1 program manager.

The service is critical to emergency response, it is hard to imagine life without it.

Recently, new developments like being about to "text to 9-1-1" have changed the game in emergency response as well.

"The response we've gotten to text to 9-1-1 since 2015 makes it obvious that we should have been doing this long ago," Pitt said.

As for the future? Pitt says technology is ever-changing, and she looks forward to continuing to find ways to better serve Brazos County residents in need.

For more from Pitt, see the video player above.