Before 1986, callers that needed to reach police, fire, EMS service, or other emergency services needed to know and dial 10-digit number to report emergencies to the appropriate agency. There were separate numbers for each agency, and these numbers varied depending on where you lived within the county.  Address were also not standardized across the county, with some addresses being a house number and street name style, such as 1234 Main Street, and others being a route and box system, such as Route 7, box 2.  This meant finding a location on a map and routing the fastest path there could be time consuming in situations where seconds mattered.