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Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.
Join me in recognizing and thanking our 9-1-1 calltakers and dispatchers during 2016 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week this April 10-16! Often, 9-1-1 telecommunicators are unrecognized first responders, a faceless voice on the other end of the phone line that is a critical link between someone in trouble and fire, medical, or police help.
This year, we'd like to recognize our Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications telecommunicators by posting photos of people in our community who appreciate their work answering 9-1-1 calls and dispatching help.
To show your appreciation, download any (or all!) of the above signs. Print, pose and share the love sometime April 11 or 12 to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. Also, be sure to tag your photo with the hashtag #PDX911 with a note about who's in the photo.
Thanks for joining me! And to our 9-1-1 calltakers and dispatchers: thank you for all your hard work and dedication!