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999 - the oldest emergency service in the world

The last eight decades have seen the service expand from handling more than 1,000 calls in its first week of operation in London in 1937 to around 560,000 calls a week now - 30 million calls a year, according to BT's archives.

First image: BT Handout photo dated 1935 of a police call box in St Albans

Second image: BT Operators answering emergency 999 calls in 1947

Third image: A pre 999 telephone alarm post in 1910

Published 15 Aug 2017

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