National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week: April 13 – 19, 2014

For the past several years, Public Safety Agencies nationwide have recognized the pivotal role played by telecommunicators, dispatchers, communications operators, radio control personnel, ALL those people, by whatever job title, who utilize telephones, radios, computers and technical skill to provide support to Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services and other governmental field personnel.

Each year, the second week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. In 1991, Congress proclaimed it as a nationally recognized week of recognition.

The Putnam County 911 Communications Center celebrates this year’s National Telecommunicators Week – April 13 – 19 – in honor of their dedicated dispatchers who handle thousands of  9-1-1 calls each month within Putnam County.  They dispatch State Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, Carmel Police, Kent Police, Cold Spring Police, Brewster Police, MTA Police and DEC/DEP Police officers and dispatch the county’s 13 fire departments, four Ambulance Corps. and Medic service to the needs of the public in emergencies.

“The support that these men and women provide to our county’s law enforcement and emergency service agencies is unquestionable,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “They are the first ones to get emergency calls. Their accuracy and quickness can directly impact the outcome. The pressure and stress of the job is high, and the hard work these men and women do every day deserves thanks from all of us.”

This year, Putnam County recognizes their 13 – 911 dispatchers who work

around the clock, all year long, to support their officers, firefighters and EMS workers in the field and help keep the public safe.  The Putnam County Legislature honored the dispatchers with a Proclamation for the diligence and professionalism that keeps Putnam County and its’ citizens safe at legislative meeting held on April 1, 2014.

When you dial 9-1-1 on your home phone or cell, a Putnam 911 dispatcher answers that call – know where you are and stay on the line so they can help get the assistance you need!  Remember 9-1-1 is foremergencies only.