Public safety personnel in the area, from police to firefighters, medical personnel and storm spotters, marked National Public Safety Carriers Week.
Emergency personnel increasingly depend on telecommunications for accurate, detailed and timely information about their situation. In addition to traditional two-way radios, first responders have access to mobile data from the Internet and from their headquarters, and the ability to communicate with other agencies when mutual aid is required. Dispatchers are first in the notification chain.
“What I personally do for my dispatchers,” Daniel Manuel of Pontotoc County 9-1-1/Central Dispatch told Wednesday, “is try to write them notes and give them little gifts and stuff like that to show them how much we appreciate them. .
“I like to let others know it’s National Public Safety Carriers Week, so they can give (the dispatchers) a pat on the back,” Manuel said. “I just try to let people know what’s going on, because dispatchers are really the first link in the chain of survival in an emergency. They are real first responders.
Manuel says the things dispatchers encounter on the phone with the public are “just amazing.”
Manuel also said he liked to cook for them.
“I will cook for some of them, or for some of them I will buy them food, because they don’t all like the same thing,” Manuel added.
The week-long event, usually held the second week of April each year, was originally set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California. This is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to public service. This is a week that should be set aside so that everyone can be aware of their hard work and dedication.