National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Each year, the 2nd week of the month of April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week.  This week is a nationally recognized time for citizens and co-workers alike to show their appreciation for professionals in the field of Public Safety Communications. The week-long event was initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office, but it eventually grew to be nationally recognized.  The public safety telecommunications group encompasses everyone involved from the first moment a call is connected to a  public safety answering point (PSAP), until the last line has disconnected and help has physically arrived.  These individuals work tirelessly to ensure that when others need help, someone answers the call.

The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (Fairfax County 9-1-1) uses this time to recognize its own outstanding employees by way of an annual awards ceremony.  This year (2014) will be the 9th Annual DPSC Telecommunicator's Awards Ceremony.  Awards will be presented to employees based on recognitions by their peers and supervisors, for outstanding performance(s) over the past year.


Telecommunicator's week 2014:

Each year this second week of April is proclaimed to be National Public Safety Telecommunicator's week, by both the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Please see below the photo for the 2014 Governor's Proclamation.



2014 BoS Proclamation Photo 


This Proclamation states the following: 



WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is critical to our great Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the availability of 911 assistance is integral to the peace of mind of each individual and the security of all communities; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of dedicated telecommunicators serve the citizens of Virginia each day by answering requests for police, fire, and emergency medical services, and dispatching the appropriate assistance as quickly as possible; and

WHEREAS, the professional public safety telecommunicator is the vital link between a citizen and a public safety provider; and

WHEREAS, the dedicated public safety telecommunicators throughout Virginia handle over four million calls to 911 each year; and

WHEREAS, it is important for the public to be aware of the responsibility to properly use 911 services by calling only when lives or property are in peril, thus increasing the efficiency of the system and improving the chances that lives will be saved;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 13-19, 2014, as PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATOR WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.



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