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Arlington Recognizing Emergency Communications Personnel

by ARLnow.com April 10, 2012 at 10:35 am 2,050 8 Comments

Arlington is recognizing the employees of the county’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC) — the folks who answer 911 calls and dispatch police and firefighters to emergencies — as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. In a press release, the Arlington County Police Department praised the hard work and dedication of ECC personnel.

The week of April 8-14, 2012 is “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.” This is an opportunity to honor the men and women of the Arlington County Emergency Communications Center who serve as our public safety communication professionals. They are the voice at the other end of the 9-1-1 call assisting a distressed citizen. They are the voice behind the radio when police, firefighters and medical personnel are responding to emergency incidents. We commend them on their tireless efforts to support emergency responders and to provide critical services to the citizens of our state.

Congress proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in 1991 as a time to remember the critical role dispatchers play in keeping the public and public safety community safe. Today, calls placed to 911 centers across the nation are answered by these professionals to provide support to law enforcement, Fire-EMS, and other government field personnel.

Please join the Arlington County Police Department in thanking the telecommunicators and staff members for their continued dedication, hard work, and ability to multi-task while assisting the community and responding emergency personnel.

  • Supportive Commenter

    Supportive Comment!!

  • Arlington, Northside

    We have a great ECC in the County! The folks do hard work in a stressful job and do it well, every call! Kudos to them!

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Amen, Northside.

  • David

    Arlington’s ECC staff is a dedicated group of folks who work 12hr shifts. In cooperation with the fire and police dept’s staff they maintain a 24×7 vigil over Arlington while also providing mutual aid to Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. Call taking and dispatching the needed public safety personnel in a timely manner with accurate information containing the needs of the victim and their location, etc. is what its all about.

    These folks deserve our respect and endless appreciation. As important as this work has become these folks probably don’t earn enough to be able to afford to live in the county — same as many school teachers and health workers… GO FIGURE!

    • Nooner

      I would offer that this is the kind of affordable housing program the county should again focus on. Having public safety, health, and school teachers purchase housing in the community, to some extent, vests them in the community. Hopefully, this would lead to better longer term employees that are connected to the community where they live and work.

      • Just the Facts

        Nooner: The County used to offer small Live Where You Work grants to County employees who bought homes in Arlington but that program was a victim of the economic downturn and no longer exists.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Exactly, David!

  • Arlington, Northside

    There are a few of them that do live in the county, although they are some fo the longer serving folks, so maybe they bought when the grant program was around.

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