National 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
More than 35,000 people die each year in traffic crashes, and there’s no doubt that number would be higher if there was not 911 to call when a crash happens. This is one of the reasons that the National 911 Program is housed in NHTSA’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. Another reason: when you call 911, it’s just not about 911 telecommunicators providing help over the phone, but often getting help to your location.
Speaking of 911 telecommunicators, now is the time to tell them thanks — it’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This year’s celebration starts April 11 and runs through April 17. While thanking telecommunicators in person this year is difficult because of COVID-19, people have found other ways to show their appreciation. National 911 organizations and federal agencies are all recognizing the role of 911 with a variety of ideas, like Headset Heroes, Celebrating Saves and sending messages on social media.
Throughout National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and really any day, if you see (from a distance) a telecommunicator, or connect with them on social media, join us in telling them thanks.