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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Saluting our telecommunicators

  • During the middle of the night, on holidays, on weekends and everyday of the week, Telecommunicators are working to make sure that emergency calls are answered.
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  • During the middle of the night, on holidays, on weekends and everyday of the week, Telecommunicators are working to make sure that emergency calls are answered.
    For the past several years, Public Safety Agencies nationwide have recognized the pivotal role played by telecommunicators, dispatchers, communications operators, radio control personnel, ALL those people, by whatever job title, who utilize telephones, radios, computers and technical skill to provide support to Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services and other governmental field personnel.
    Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. In 1991, Congress proclaimed it as a nationally recognized week of recognition. In 2008, Congress proclaimed April as 9-1-1 Education Month as well.
    When you dial 9-1-1 on your cellular phone in Saline County, the call should be sent to a Saline County dispatcher to be answered, but sometimes the call may go to another agency - know where you are and stay on the line so they can help get the assistance you need!
    Remember 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.
    Facts about Saline County Central Dispatch:

    • There are 10 full time telecommunicators and two part time telecommunicators. The average length of service is ten years. In 2011 over 57,000 calls were logged for service and approximately 145,000 calls are answered by the center each year.
    • The men and women at Saline County are: Mike Davis, Steve Hollerson, Janice Edwards, Allison Wilson, Joe Duncan, Karen McClusky, Beverly Dudley, Tammy Morrison, Doug Cummins, Nicole Stricklin, Travis Parks and Steve Douglas.
    9-1-1 Tips:
    • When you dial 9-1-1 from a cellular phone in Saline, Gallatin, Hardin or Pope Counties, most likely the call will be routed to the Saline County Central Dispatch. Be sure you know where you are and stay on the phone so they can help get you assistance.
    • Stay calm. Yelling and crying make it more difficult to get the proper information about the emergency.
    • Don’t let children play with the phone. Phones are not toys and officers have to check out each 9-1-1 hang up call.
    • Help Us Help You: Post your address, so you can be found in an emergency. Take time to check that your address hasn’t lost a number over the years or has faded out and is hard to see.

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