APCO Honors National Telecommunicators Week with Website, Petition
Monday, April 10, 2017 | Comments

In recognition of National Public-Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW), April 9 – 15, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International joined communities, government leaders and 9-1-1 communications centers to honor members of the 9-1-1 community who help save lives in times of personal or national crisis.

NPSTW is the annual opportunity to thank 9-1-1 public safety telecommunicators, technicians, trainers, supervisors, managers and other 9-1-1 professionals across the country who protect the lives of the public and first responders every day.

“On behalf of APCO’s leadership and staff, thank you for your steadfast professionalism and dedication, for your grace under pressure, and your compassion when people are most in need,” said Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of APCO International. “We celebrate you, and we support you. We encourage you to take the time this week to celebrate yourselves and support each other. No one deserves it more.”

APCO established a website dedicated to this week of recognition where individuals can share their stories about working in the telecommunicator profession. There are also resources and tips to help plan NPSTW 2017 activities.

In addition, with the federal government nearing a final decision on whether to update its classification system describing occupations in the United States, APCO launched a White House petition entitled “9-1-1 Professionals Should be Recognized for Protecting and Saving Lives.” The goal of the petition, timed with NPSTW, is to draw attention to the need to classify public-safety telecommunicators as protective service occupations.

Sign the petition at www.apcointl.org/whitehousepetition.

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