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April 10-16 2011, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

This week is a special week for us here at the Hubbard County Detention Center. It's National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Introduced to Congress by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International in 1991, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is the second full week of April each year. This week is dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing emergency assistance to citizens everywhere.

Dispatching is a stress filled and intense way to make a living. Believe, me I've done it and it takes a very special individual to be a dispatcher. They need to be masterful multitaskers, handling emergency 911 calls, dispatching officers, ambulance and fire departments and answering regular non-emergency calls all at the same time.

They need to be kind, caring and sympathetic as often times when a person calls 911 it is one of the worst days of their lives. Dispatchers are the vital link to emergency services that can help us when we need them most.

Dispatchers have an awesome responsibility and play a vital role in keeping the citizens of Hubbard County safe.

Dispatchers keep our peace officers, EMS and fire fighters safe so that they in turn can help us.

Not many can do this job so if you know a dispatcher or if you come into contact with one this week let them know you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Let them know that you are thankful for all that they do in keeping us all safe 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.