During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week we recognize, honor and thank those who serve in this demanding profession. These communications professionals serve our community, citizens and public safety personnel. They are responsible for responding to telephone calls for police, fire and emergency medical assistance to help save the lives and property of those in our community. They are the unseen first responders. During this week, we take this opportunity to thank Red River Regional Dispatch Center employees for the life saving work they do and to celebrate and honor these unseen heroes with food, activities and prizes all week.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was established by the United States Congress in 1991 as a way to recognize the vital link emergency telecommunicators serve as between the public and emergency responders. According to Congressional procedure, it was introduced twice more in 1993 and 1994, and then became permanent, without the need for yearly introduction.
In his 1994 proclamation President Bill Clinton said, “This week is a time for a grateful Nation to show its appreciation and to recognize that our health, safety, and well-being are often dependent on the commitment and steadfast devotion of public safety telecommunicators.”