Johnson County Central Dispatch E-911 is celebrating the second full week of April (April 14 through 20) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens. For more information about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, visit apcointl.org/ or npstw.org/.

If you’ve ever been the victim of a crime, been in an accident, reported a fire or needed emergency medical help, you may have called 911 and have been helped by a Telecommunicator, also known as a “Dispatcher.” Not being visible or always recognized in the public eye, the critical role the dispatcher plays between the community and first responders is essential for every public safety call for service. Our Dispatchers are the direct link to emergency responders in the field. They monitor the radios, computers, phones and more; answering thousands of calls from our community each year.

This year, Johnson County Central Dispatch E-911 recognizes their 31 employees who work around the clock, all year long, to support the community and the public safety agencies in Johnson County. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to the job and community each day.

Please join us in conveying a BIG THANK YOU to the often heard but not seen “first of the first responders,” our 911 Dispatchers and Call Takers.

ABOUT JOHNSON COUNTY CENTRAL DISPATCH E-911

Johnson County Central Dispatch and E-911 has been in consistent operation for decades, but only became its own independent agency, governed by the Johnson County Emergency Services Board, in 2009. Prior to 2009, Johnson County Central Dispatch was under the direction of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Johnson County Commissioners.

JCCD built a new countywide communications infrastructure and 911 center located on U.S. government-donated land at 315 Hawthorne Bloulevard in Warrensburg. The new center allows JCCD to hire additional personnel to meet the demands of the 25 percent increase in call volume as well as housing the additional equipment needed for the new communications infrastructure. JCCD is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its residents and first responders.

Johnson County Central Dispatch has risen from a simple radio communications center to one of the best and most reliable dispatch agencies in the region.

Kimberly Jennings, Interim Executive Director(660) 422-6317

www.johnsoncounty911.org

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