Courtesy of the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – Emergencies requiring the prompt response of police officers, firefighters or emergency medical services, who are critical to the protection of life and preservation of property, can occur at any time. The safety of police officers and firefighters is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who telephone Communications Dispatchers in the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications Division. The Commissioners of  St. Mary’s County have honored these dedicated workers by proclaiming National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Public Safety Telecommunicators are often the first and most critical contact citizens have with emergency services and are the vital link for police officers and firefighters by monitoring their activities by radio, providing information and ensuring their safety.

“Public Safety Telecommunicators of the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services have exhibited compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their job and have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and treatment of patients,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District).

The commissioners’ proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week recognizes the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep St. Mary’s County and its citizens safe.