The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) has announced today that the week of Apr 14-20, 2013 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
The week is designated as a time when citizens can recognize public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals during times of crisis. Americans can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies.
Many local agencies around the country will host tours and celebrations to mark the occasion.
The St. Lawrence County Department of Emergency Services is planning to conduct educational programs with local schools. The program is to teach elementary aged children on how and when to call 911. The class, taught by active St. Lawrence County emergency dispatchers, also stresses when not to call 911.
APCO International is the world's largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide - and the welfare of the general public as a whole - by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.
APCO offers certification classes for emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers and calltakers.
The St. Lawrence County Central Dispatch Center is located in the Public Safety Complex in Canton, NY and provides emergency communications for fire, emergency medical and law enforcement agencies.
For more information, to request a tour or to request an educational program to visit your school, call 315-379-2240.