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Published on April 12, 2024
Arlington Honors 9-1-1 Operators and Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators WeekSource: City of Arlington, Texas

The unsung heroes of emergency response, Arlington's 9-1-1 operators and dispatchers, are getting their due respect during this year's National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. In the week stretching from April 14-20, the City of Arlington is joining communities nationwide to honor these vital workers who are at the frontline of public safety, ready to answer the call when crisis hits.

Throughout the past, various departments in the City of Arlington, alongside local businesses and organizations, have stepped up to show their appreciation with gestures like gift baskets, cards, and food treats. This year is no different, with plans already set to keep the tradition alive, celebrating the men and women who often serve as the first point of contact in emergencies. Despite the gravity of their work, their efforts too often go unnoticed, lost in the shadow of other first responders they serve alongside.

As reported by the City of Arlington, Texas, "Each agency is encouraged to celebrate and honor their telecommunicators in their own way." The city will mark the observance in partnership with various City of Arlington Departments, associations, local businesses, and the Tarrant County 911 District.

The significance of recognizing these professionals goes beyond mere accolades. It's about acknowledging the undeniable impact they have on public safety, every time they answer a call for help. In light of the celebrations, the City of Arlington has also put out a call for more heroes, encouraging those interested in joining the ranks of telecommunicators to step forward.