keyboard_arrow_up

Thank you to our local emergency dispatchers

Thank you to our local emergency dispatchers

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Teton County Sheriff's Office would like to recognize our dedicated team of public safety/emergency dispatchers this week -- National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 10-16. Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, originated in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in California, is to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. "It is a week that is aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work, dedication and commitment to the citizenry and visitors to our community," said the Teton County Sheriff's Office in a release issued Friday. Teton County Sheriff's Office public safety/emergency dispatchers are responsible for all incoming calls for service on general and 911 lines for Teton County including the Town of Jackson. The same personnel taking those calls then are responsible for dispatching resources and the handling of radio traffic for field units of the Teton County Sheriff's Office, which includes our Search and Rescue Team, the Jackson Police Department, Jackson Hole Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Teton Village Fire Department and National Elk Refuge Law Enforcement. Seasonally, our team is responsible for dispatching Grand Teton National Park Rangers and officers of the United States Forest Service. "Our public safety/emergency dispatchers receive emergency calls for over 4,000 square miles of area. They are often the true 'first responders' in deciding what resources are needed and are responsible for prompt and deliberate decision making that can have direct impacts on saving lives," the release stated Many people in the community are unaware that our team at the Teton County Sheriff's Office staff are trained in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) which is utilized hundreds of times throughout the year in an effort to start the critical care process in life and death emergencies. EMD has been recognized as an essential component of effective EMS systems. Proper and timely training as well as a sound medical protocol are what help our staff deliver quality care to the calling public with emergency medical needs. *Feature Photo: Terri Sherman, the communications supervisor for the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, holding flowers. h/t TCSO / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news