April 12, 2013
National Telecommunications Week for Public Safety Dispatchers is April 14th-20th. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public.
It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication. Most of us take police emergency dispatchers for granted, unless of course, you have reason to call 911. At that very moment, the Dispatcher becomes the most important person in the world, and your lifeline to safety and help.
Dispatchers’ reassuring voices are always there on the other end of the phone, helping those in crisis. They work closely with the police, fire and paramedics to send them where they are needed fast and efficiently. Today, the job is highly technical, ever stressful, and never dull. Truly, these men and women who man the phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week are the lifelines to those in distress.
Please consider sending an email or mail a card to your local Public Safety Dispatchers expressing your appreciation.
Posted on: Friday, April 12, 2013