Colbert County EMA Celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week 2023

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COLBERT COUNTY-Colbert County 9-1-1 is celebrating the second full week of April (April 9-15, 2023) as National Public Safety

Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.


The job that the telecommunicators do for our county is a vital element to public safety.  Public Safety

Telecommunicators are truly the FIRST first responder.  They are almost always the first contact the public has with emergency services, and they are there to provide emergency life-saving instructions such as CPR, Bleeding Control, Heimlich, Airway, etc.  The impressive skills, knowledge and experience of telecommunicators provide a lifeline to the public, and to Emergency Medical Services, Fire, and Law Enforcement.  We are also proud to announce that the State of Alabama has officially recognized certified Public Safety Telecommunicators as First Responders, along with those in Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement.


However, many times, the telecommunicators are forgotten about because they do not have a visual presence at a scene.  Therefore, we try to take every opportunity to recognize these emergency professionals and give them the publicity they deserve.  The National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week is just one of the many ways we strive to express our gratitude to our special group of men and women who “answer the call” for help.


This is where you fit in.  If you would like to help us recognize our Colbert County Public Safety

Telecommunicators, we would love to partner with you.  We are currently seeking sponsorships for this year’s event.  Anything you are willing to provide would be greatly appreciated, from door prizes, food, gift certificates, physical items, and beyond.  All sponsorships and donations will be recognized publicly on social media and among our staff and board members.

Media Release/Michael D. Smith/Director/HS POC/Colbert County EMA

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