This week kicks off National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) and Teamsters Local 700 is proud to represent many of these unspoken heroes. The hardworking dispatchers and public safety telecommunicators serve as a vital link between our communities and law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical providers.
“Thank you to the Local 700 members who serve as dispatchers and operators for the life-saving services you provide to the residents of your respective communities,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Ramon D. Williams. “You are the first point of contact for any emergency and not only do you have to keep yourself and the caller alert and calm, you have to determine the case and transfer the call appropriately. Thank you for all the sacrifices you make to be there when that call comes in.”
Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.