National Telecommunicator’s Week – 2nd Week in April

By | Mar 5, 2008

Each year, the second week of April, in 2008 it’s April 14-20, is dedicated to the men and women who serve as Telecommunications Officers. In October 1991 Congress made a Formal Proclamation to recognize this week as National Telecommunicator’s Week.

Those who perform telecommunications duties serve as an indispensable link between the officers and the public, as well as a vital support services in the Public Safety community. The communications operators who provide radio, telephone and computer services are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism. Too often the importance of telecommunications personnel goes unrecognized and their services are taken for granted.

They are the first point of contact with the public’s plea for assistance. While one call may be just a request with a simple answer, the next call may be the most extreme emergency anyone could face. On every call they have to be prepared for the unexpected and at times unimaginable.

It takes a special type of person to remain calm when speaking to a screaming mother whose child is hurt, or when a Police Officer or Fire Fighter is screaming for assistance.

I offer my thanks and gratitude that they are there to answer the call.

If you happen to see a Communications Officer let them know how they are appreciated for the job they do for your community. Having worked among them for over 20 years, I understand their unique capabilities. Not everyone can do the job that they do each day.

At times they are treated as glorified office clerks. This is a big mistake and a far cry from the job that they do. It takes a lot of training to be a Telecommunicator and not something that comes easy.

They truly are The First Responder.

© 2006-2008 Steven G. Atkinson – All Rights Reserved – StevenGAtkinson.net


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