April 9-15, 2017 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance. We encourage you to stand behind the commitment and devotion these men and women provide to ensure the safety and security of their community.
Across the nation in times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters, the first access point for those seeking emergency services and homeland security information is 9-1-1. The local and county public safety communications centers that receive these calls have emerged as the first and single point of contact for persons seeking immediate relief during an emergency, as well as, those seeking to report suspicious behaviors, unusual incidents and responding to the now common plea for citizen vigilance and attention in the wake of homeland security concerns nationwide.
Public Safety Dispatchers are the “first” First Responders and they provide a critical service to the community. In 2016 the City of Yuma Public Safety Dispatchers handled 166,765 calls for service, 55,683 of those calls being 9-1-1 calls. Many times people don’t stop to think about the face on the other end of the line, so this week we make time to thank them and recognize them for their hard work.
Members of the media can contact Sergeant Lori Franklin for further details or information.