Communities Nationally Thank Local 9-1-1 Workers

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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is April 8-14, 2012; citizens plan ways to share gratitude with public safety workers.

This is a small way each year where citizens should thank their local and national public safety telecommunicators, the public’s first contacts during emergencies, for performing mission critical tasks behind the scenes.

Communities across the U.S. will recognize those who help save lives in times of personal or national crisis during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (NPSTW), April 8-14, 2012.

NPSTW gives Americans the opportunity to thank 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, supervisors and managers of communications centers, and other telecommunications staff across the country who work hard everyday to protect our communities.

“This is a small way each year where citizens should thank their local and national public safety telecommunicators, the public’s first contacts during emergencies, for performing mission critical tasks behind the scenes supporting police, fire and emergency medical personnel on the street,” said Gregory Riddle, president of APCO International.

The general public can honor their calltakers and dispatchers by participating in local celebrations or sending thank you notes to their agency. The Association of Public Safety Officials International (APCO) has established a National Public Safety Telecommunications Week blog where agencies can share celebration ideas along with photo and video of this year’s festivities. Citizens can share thoughts of gratitude or other stories on the blog as well.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week was established by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office in 1981 to raise awareness of the hard work and dedication of telecommunicators who provide a vital link to the public safety services on which Americans rely every day.

Visit http://www.apcointl.org/npstw to thank your local heroes.

About APCO International
APCO International is the world’s largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide—and the welfare of the general public as a whole—by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach. http://www.apcointl.org

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