Released on April 6, 2018
The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to recognize April 8-14, 2018 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The week honours emergency 911 operators and dispatchers from police, fire, and medical services for their commitment and service to public safety in their communities.
“Citizens and first responders both trust and rely on the professionalism of telecommunicators to help them during emergencies,” Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding said. “Telecommunicators are the vital link ensuring information you provide during a 911 call is relayed to the emergency personnel who are coming to your aid. Celebrating this week is one way to recognize our operators and dispatchers whose work helps keep our citizens safe.”
In our province, the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is responsible for managing Saskatchewan’s 911 emergency services.
Established as a new Treasury Crown Board in November 2017, the SPSA is meeting the needs of our rapidly-growing province and current technology demands, so residents can continue to enjoy excellent emergency communication services. In Regina and Saskatoon, 911 calls are answered by their respective cities while emergency calls from the rest of the province are answered by telecommunicators located in the provincial emergency communication centre in Prince Albert.
In 2017, 364,297 calls were offered to Sask911 operators, which was nearly a nine per cent increase 2016.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which is endorsed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, is celebrated each year during the second week in April. For more information, visit www.npstw.org.
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