Governor Justice issues proclamation for West Virginia
Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice has signed a
proclamation designating April 11-17, 2021 as West Virginia Public Safety
Telecommunicators Week. This week honors the hundreds of men and women who
respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and
render life-saving assistance to West Virginia’s citizens.
Telecommunications professionals are vital
to West Virginia. They contribute to the safety of citizens as the first point
of contact with emergency services, and also help protect first responders whose
lives depend on the accuracy of the information they relay.
“911 dispatchers are the first of the first
responders in the event of an emergency,” said Michael Tatum, Assistant
Director of Cabell County E-911 and President of the West Virginia 911 Council.
During the past year, West Virginia’s telecommunicators
faced a global pandemic. The resulting challenges added the responsibility of reassuring
the public during emergencies while also limiting first responders’ exposure to
COVID-19. Through the outstanding performance of these professionals, emergency
response remained prompt, leading to better outcomes for first responders and
the citizens to whom they are responsible.
“I personally want to thank each
and every telecommunicator for their hard work and dedication to what they do
by providing critical information to our EMS, fire and law enforcement
personnel as they are the lifelines to these men and women,” said West Virginia
Emergency Management Director GE McCabe. “I cannot begin to count the
number of times throughout my 27-plus years in law enforcement when the
information they provided me and the assistance they sent to me most definitely
added to my safety, and in some cases I am sure saved my life. Thank you
for your service!”
See the proclamation here.
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