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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (Apr. 11-17)
During the week of April 11-17, the City of Lynchburg will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to honor the men and women who serve as public safety communications specialists at its 911 Center. Mayor MaryJane Dolan will recognize them with a proclamation during the April 13 City Council meeting.
In 2020, Lynchburg’s public safety communications specialists handled more than 135,000 emergency and non-emergency calls for Fire-EMS, law enforcement, and other field personnel, providing the vital link between the public and emergency services.
This year, the Department of Emergency Services is using National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to bring awareness to the career opportunities available for individuals as public safety communications specialists. “We have a number of vacancies and are working to recruit individuals who want to make a difference in their community,” said Melissa Foster, Director of Emergency Services. “The people in these positions are true first responders, and we have witnessed over the years just how important they are in providing emergency services to the public. We encourage anyone looking for a rewarding career to consider working with us.” To learn more about the requirements for the Public Safety Communications Specialist positions and to apply, click here.
Congress proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in 1991. Today, telecommunicators, dispatchers and communications operators across the nation answer hundreds of thousands of calls placed to 911 centers, utilizing telephones, radios and computers to provide support to law enforcement, Fire-EMS and other government field personnel.