SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – Somerset County 911 is honoring the thousands of men and women who are responding to emergency calls to help deliver lifesaving assistance to community members next week.
Somerset County 911 celebrates the second full week of April as National Public Safety Carriers Week, the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services writes on Facebook. The week is sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers (APCO) International and celebrated annually.
Recent events have highlighted the work of telecommunications professionals in Somerset County 911. The center has been called upon to serve the community during recent outbreaks of harsh winter conditions. It has been reported that multiple snow squall warnings have been put in place for Somerset County for March 28. Even with those warnings, the Somerset County 911 center handled multiple service calls from citizens and travelers involved in transportation accidents due to poor conditions and limited visibility, according to the department.
“The safety of Somerset County residents and visitors is our primary concern,” said 911 coordinator Brad Lavan. “No matter the emergency, our 911 center and its dedicated staff are ready to answer the call 24/7/365. Each year, the Somerset County 911 center responds to more than 80,000 telephone calls, of which more than 30,000 are emergency calls for the service. We are proud of the professional team we maintain. Without the people behind the helmet, there would be no 911 system. They are truly the first, the first responders.
the Somerset County Board of Commissioners recognized National Public Safety Carriers Week and honored Somerset County 911 personnel by issuing an official proclamation at their official business meeting on March 29.
“Our 911 dispatchers and supervisors are the tip of the spear for emergencies,” said Emergency Services Manager Joel Landis. “Often never seen, but always heard, they are the calm voice during the storm. Our 911 administrative staff supplement them with the fuel needed to keep them running and the skills needed to keep our highly technical systems online. N t forget this week in April the men and women of the Somerset County 911 Center.