Released on April 10, 2015
Today, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter announced April 12 to 18 will be proclaimed as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Saskatchewan to honour the people working on the front lines of telecommunications emergency dispatching.
“Saskatchewan’s 911 operators and emergency services dispatchers are the first point of contact when people need help and compassion the most,” Reiter said. “The work these professionals do with police, firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services is critical in keeping us safe. It’s an honour to recognize these dedicated men and women for the challenging job they do each and every day.”
Last year, Saskatchewan 911 operators took 312,031 calls.
Every year many non-emergency or accidental misdials to 911 occur. To help protect the integrity of the 911 system so resources are available to address real emergencies, please keep in mind these important tips:
The Ministry of Government Relations is responsible for the province-wide Sask911 system and this is the 13th year the provincial government has recognized the week, which is endorsed by the Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials across Canada.
- If you carry your cell phone in your pocket or purse, remember to lock the keypad and don’t pre-program the number into your phone. This will help prevent misdials.
- Teach your children the importance of 911 and when it should be used.
- If you or your children accidentally dial 911, please stay on the line so an operator can quickly confirm it’s not a real emergency.
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