Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The week of April 8-14, 2012 is National Telecommunicator Week, intended to honor the first link in the chain of emergency police, fire, and medical emergency responses.   
The U.S. Congress established this week in 1991 to recognize and honor public safety dispatchers and telecommunicators for their devotion to duty and contributions to providing us with safer communities.
Public safety telecommunicators are the driving force behind our Nation's emergency rescue services. They are the men and women who dispatch our police forces, our ambulances, and our firefighters.  Although they are not as visible as the men and women who arrive at the scene of emergencies, they are just  as important.
If you’ve ever been the victim of a crime, been in an automobile crash, reported a fire, or needed emergency medical help, you’ve called 9-1-1 and been helped by a telecommunicator.
America’s public safety telecommunicators serve our citizens daily in countless ways. The work of these “unseen first responders” is invaluable in emergency situations, and each of these dedicated men and women deserves our heartfelt appreciation.
This week is a time for a grateful community to show its appreciation and to recognize that our health, safety, and well-being are often dependent on the commitment and steadfast devotion of public safety telecommunicators.
The Greenville Police Department employs 17 telecommunicators in our Communications Center.  These devoted professionals are on duty 24 hours a day to answer calls for service and coordinate responses from police, fire, and EMS to all types and levels of emergency situations.
Telecommunicators serve as the lifeline that connects the public and our first responders.

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