April 8 through 14 has been designated National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. “This is a week where communities across the U.S. will recognize those who help save lives in times of personal or community crisis,” said Mark Conklin, director of Okmulgee County E911 Communications.
911“Our hard working public safety telecommunicators help every day to connect terrified victims or anxious callers with our first responders” he said. “Public safety telecommunicators calmly provide key information from the callers (both emergency and non-emergency calls) to the officers/deputies, firefighters, or paramedics responding to the public’s needs. They are the unsung heroes of public safety.”
There are two 911 Communications Centers in Okmulgee County, the Okmulgee County E911 Communications at 315 West 8th in Okmulgee and the Henryetta Police Department at 115 S. 4th Street in Henryetta.
Telecommunicators Week was created to raise public awareness of the hard work and dedication of public safety telecommunicators. In October 1991, a formal proclamation by Congress, was signed by then-President Clinton, designating the second full week in April each year as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.