How are you celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week?
National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week is the week set aside each year to recognize the extraordinary work and efforts of our nation’s emergency call takers and dispatchers, the true first responders and unsung heroes of 911 – all 250,000 of them!
If you don’t know the history surrounding this important event, here’s a quick primer. According to 911dispatch.com
: “Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. It was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office in 1981 and was observed only at that agency for three years. Members of the Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) became involved in the mid-1980s. By the early 1990s, the national APCO organization convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what became H.J. Res. 284 to create ‘National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.’ According to Congressional procedure, it was introduced twice more in 1993 and 1994, and then became permanent, without the need for yearly introduction. The official name of the week when originally introduced in Congress in 1991 was ‘National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.’ In the intervening years, it has become known by several other names, including ‘National Public-Safety Telecommunications Week’ and ‘International Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week.’