BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commission proclaimed the week of Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Commissioners voted on this at the April 14 meeting Thursday.
Assistant County Administrator Tabatha read the proclamation aloud to the commissioners and those in attendance.
The proclamation read as follows:
“Whereas emergencies occur 24 hours per day seven days a week and 365 days a year that require law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.
“Whereas when an emergency occurs the prompt response of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property.
“Whereas such response would not be possible without public safety telecommunicators who are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services.
“Whereas our law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel are dependent upon the accuracy of information from citizens who telephone public safety telecommunicators working within the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center.
“Whereas public safety telecommunicators provide the vital link for emergency services personnel by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them with invaluable information and ensuring their safety during the most dangerous times.
“Whereas public safety telecommunicators of the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires, treatment of patients, overall safety of our community and have been integral in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whereas public safety telecommunicators of the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center exhibit compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their jobs on a daily basis.
“Now therefore it is resolved that the Upshur County Commission declares the week of April 10 through April 16, 2022, to be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Upshur County, in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our citizens safe.”