ARLINGTON, Va. – The week of April 14-20, 2013 is "National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.” This is an opportunity to honor the men and women of the Arlington County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) who serve as our public safety communication professionals. They are the voice at the other end of the 9-1-1 call assisting a distressed citizen and are the voice on the radio informing police, firefighters, and medical personnel on where and when to respond to emergency incidents. We commend these professionals on their tireless efforts to support emergency responders and to provide critical services to the citizens of our nation.
“The men and women of the Arlington County Emergency Communications Center serve a critical role in the public safety process. They are the initial link between citizens and first responders, achieving an instrumental task in gathering pre-arrival information. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is a good occasion to recognize the professional staff that are dedicated to serving the community,” adds ECC Commander John Crawford.
Congress proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in 1991 as a time to remember the critical role dispatchers play in keeping the public and other public safety professionals safe. Emergencies occur every day, and in each of these incidents, the dispatchers are the first line of communication for the people impacted by these events. Public safety telecommunciators advise emergency responders on critical information pertaining to these emergencies and are often directly responsible for saving lives.
Please join the Arlington County Police Department in thanking the telecommunicators and staff members for their continued dedication, hard work, and ability to multi-task while assisting the community and responding emergency personnel.