The week of April 8-14, 2012, is Emergency Telecommunicators’ Week inSaskatchewan, as declared by the Province’s Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing. The Regina Police Service Communications Centre provides 9-1-1 service for Police, Fire and EMS for the City ofReginaand is also a PSAP, or Public Safety Answering Point, for the Sask911 system.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week was born in theUnited States24 years ago. It is held annually during the second full week of April to honour the dedicated women and men who serve as dispatchers and call takers for emergency services inNorth America. Telecommunicators play a vital role in any emergency services field. These professionals from police, emergency medical services and fire departments assist people by answering their calls for help, providing moral support and comfort, and dispatching emergency resources to citizens in distress. The safety of police officers and other first responders relies, in part, on the accurate information and support of professional telecommunicators.
The Regina Police Service is hosting a banquet Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to honour the public safety telecommunicators from theprovinceofSaskatchewan. A special highlight of the banquet is the announcement ofSaskatchewan’s Telecommunicator of the Year Award and the Sask911 Excellence in Teamwork Award. Local and Provincial dignitaries will be attending, as well as representatives from the Regina Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Regina Fire & Protective Services and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Emergency Medical Services. The event’s major sponsor is Sask911 and major contributors are SGI, SaskTel and the Regina Police Association.