SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly passed with unanimous, bipartisan support, Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 63, which designates the week of April 11, 2021 to April 17, 2021, as California Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) authored this resolution to honor the incredible service of California’s 9-1-1 dispatchers who have dedicated their lives and careers to helping others.
“Our country depends on the incredible work of our emergency dispatchers who are the first to respond during a crisis and the last voice we hear on the phone,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Last year, I was honored to author AB 1945, which reclassified our public safety dispatchers as First Responders. By designating this week as California Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we are reaffirming our support for the brave women and men who answer our 9-1-1 calls and perform life-saving work every day.”
California dispatchers answer approximately 27 million 9-1-1 calls per year. These dispatchers play a vital role in the state’s emergency response chain, which extends far beyond dispatching calls for peace officers and firefighters. Dispatchers are often responsible for being the first to respond during life-threatening accidents, wildfires, active shooter situations, and potential suicides.
“CALNENA is proud to work with the California Assembly to bring ACR 63 forward and recognize California 9-1-1 Dispatchers,” said Don Jones, President of California National Emergency Number Association. “We want to thank Assemblymember Rudy Salas for his continued support of the dispatching profession and the thousands of women and men who literally make 9-1-1 their professional calling.”
Last year, Assemblymember Salas successfully passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1945, which historically reclassified California’s public safety telecommunicators/dispatchers as First Responders.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.