FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2015
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK
PULLMAN – The second week of April is recognized as the “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week”. Public safety dispatchers are an invaluable part of the emergency response team. These men and women assist callers in the midst of 911 emergencies, and guide police, firefighters and medical personnel as they respond to emergency situations. They act as the “invisible” force that insures rapid and efficient response for area residents and visitors in times of tragedy or distress. This week provides an opportunity to honor these courageous professionals for their vital contribution to public safety.
If you’ve ever been the victim of a crime, had a vehicle collision, reported a fire, or needed emergency medical help, it is likely that you called 911 and received help from a “dispatcher” on the other end of the line. While not always recognized, the critical role that these telecommunicators play in connecting the community to its first responders is essential for each and every public safety request.
The Pullman Police and Fire Departments rely on Whitcom, the regional dispatch center located in Pullman, for 911 and dispatching services. “They are a critical link between the community and first responders,” said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins. “Those of us who rely on them every day understand just how difficult their job is, and we greatly appreciate their competency and professionalism.”
Telecommunicators Week began in California in 1981 and quickly grew to become a national week of recognition. Just ten years later, Congress officially designated the second week of each April as a time to remember the critical role that dispatchers play in keeping us all safe.
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