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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Dispatchers have existed for about as long as the phone has, although they used to be called “switchboard operators” and connected all calls, not just emergency ones. ”Dial 0 for emergencies” was popular until the beginning of 9-1-1 history, which became the official emergency response line in 1968.

In his 1994 Presidential Proclamation, President Clinton described the purpose of National Telecommunicators Week well:

America’s public safety telecommunicators serve our citizens daily in countless ways. The work of these “unseen first responders” is invaluable in emergency situations, and each of these dedicated men and women deserves our heartfelt appreciation. . .. This week is a time for a grateful Nation to show its appreciation and to recognize that our health, safety, and well-being are often dependent on the commitment and steadfast devotion of public safety telecommunicators.

So stop by, and say hello to the unseen voice on the other end of the line.


For information about the UTMB Police web site, please contact Sgt. A. DeRanieri

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