April 13-19 is Public Safety Telecommunications Week
April 13, 2009
At its March 27 meeting, the Board of Supervisors designated April 13-19 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Fairfax County. This week recognizes the men and women of 9-1-1 who are instrumental in saving countless lives by dispatching law enforcement, fire and rescue and emergency medical services personnel.
The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC), also known as the 9-1-1 Center, is the crucial first contact with those in need of emergency assistance and is the vital link between public safety personnel and those who need help.
The Fairfax County 9-1-1 Center is one of only a few centers accredited by the state to provide emergency medical dispatch and pre-arrival instruction. It is one of the 50 largest centers in the United States and the largest in Virginia.
The 9-1-1 Center is responsible for receiving all 9-1-1 emergency calls in Fairfax County and dispatching units of the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and is the Public Safety Answering Point for all 9-1-1 calls dialed in Fairfax County, including the towns of Herndon and Vienna, and the City of Fairfax.
In 2008, DPSC received 378,953 emergency calls and 414,021 non-emergency calls and dispatched 1,030,288 police calls and 171,683 fire and rescue/EMS calls.
More information about 9-1-1 is available during Public Safety Telecommunications Week, at a special display in the lobby of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, and online.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711