Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK

Oklahoma City – Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority and 9-1-1 dispatch centers across the state are celebrating April 8-14 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This annual event honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch and manage responders and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the public every day.
The State of Oklahoma has more than 1,000 dispatchers who staff 135 answering points and take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When a resident or visitor to the state has an emergency, these 9-1-1 professionals are there to provide immediate aid and ensure the proper resources are sent to the emergency.
“Public safety telecommunicators play an invaluable role in our ability to assist the public in times of crisis,” said Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority Chairman Darryl Maggard. “These men and women have a highly difficult and incredibly important job. They are a vital part of our public safety team and we appreciate the work they do each and every day.”
“I encourage everyone to take time to recognize the outstanding work that is performed behind the scenes by these ‘first first responders’ every day,” said State 9-1-1 Coordinator Lance Terry. “Each center has lifesaving and life changing stories to share.”
A list of Emergency Communications Centers, along with contact numbers, can be found at www.ok.gov/911 .
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.

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