The Anchorage Fire Department Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 10-16, 2016)
During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 10th through 16th, the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) is celebrating the extraordinary work our Dispatchers provide in support of public safety in our community each and every day.
Every year during the second week of April the telecommunications personnel within the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially developed in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (CA) Sheriff’s Office, is a time to celebrate and honor the thousands of men and women who answer the call for help, dispatch emergency response professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to citizens around the world.
The AFD currently has 19 professionals who handle all fire, rescue and emergency medical calls and radio communications for AFD, Chugiak VFD, Girdwood FD, Anchorage Safety Patrol, and LifeMed Alaska Ground Ambulance Service. The AFD Dispatchers have specialized training, certification and protocols to provide initial life-safety interventions for these fire and medical emergencies prior to police officers, firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics arriving on scene. In 2015, AFD Dispatchers processed 195,471 phone calls generating 84,809 incident reports.
The AFD also recognizes and celebrates the equally extraordinary work the Dispatchers from the Anchorage Police Department (APD) provide the community as well. All 911 calls within the Municipality are initially triaged by APD Dispatchers, with requests for fire, rescue and emergency medical responses transferred to AFD Dispatchers for their specialized interventions and dispatching of fire suppression and EMS resources.
In closing, the AFD applauds and commends the continued dedication and hard work of your municipal public safety dispatchers during this coming 2016 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.