April 11, 2018
This week, April 8-14, is Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. It’s a week dedicated to the showing appreciation to telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to their job and the community. At Tuesday’s Kerrville City Council meeting, Mayor Bonnie White presented the Public Safety Telecommunicator Week proclamation to Kerrville’s own Police Department Telecommunications Specialist Wendy Risher and KPD Chief David Knight.
A Public Safety Telecommunicator is also known as an emergency dispatcher or Telecommunication Officer. These individuals receive calls from those who need assistance from Police Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Services. A two-way radio is used to coordinate calls for service between dispatchers and law enforcement officers.
Being a public safety telecommunicator can be a tough job and they aren’t often recognized by the community but their job is just as important as that of the first responders. Many emergency dispatchers are also trained in CPR, as well as other life-saving techniques to provide emergency medical assistance to those immediately in need.
Public Safety Telecommunicators save lives all over the Hill Country every day. This week gives us a time to recognize them and thank them for their service to our community. Thank a dispatcher today!
KBN would like to thank all the Telecommunication Officers throughout the area for all you do for the citizens of the county.