911 Center talks National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 12 – 18, 2020.

“The frontline man is what we’re considered because we are where it first starts you know. The call comes in the person’s house is on fire we’re the first to know about it. Somebody getting broke into, we’re the first to know about it. Grandma is having a heart attack we the first one to know about it. it’s different every day,” 911 Center Director John Zilinski.

Dispatchers are in charge of taking every emergency call. In 2019 alone Raleigh County center took over 75,000 calls.

“One day it can be everything happen at once trees down, structure fires, car accidents. Other days it medical calls, every day is different,” said Telecomunitor Veronica Goad.

Every year the 911 center holds annual cookout National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. But due to COVID-19, this year’s cookout is postponed.

“It’s usually a big event for them but this year with everything going on we can’t get the family together, so we’ve just put that on hold. They’re doing dress down this week as far as jeans and t-shirts, but we hope to have that reschedule sometimes in the summer,” said Zilinski.

For more information visit NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek.org.

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