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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

If you didn’t know, this week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, a week designated to honor those who perform dispatching duties for law enforcement.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reminds us, when a member of the public or an officer needs help during an emergency, dispatchers become their lifeline, ensuring that the appropriate assistance is contacted and en route to whatever the situation might be.

Here are some tips for calling in an emergency:
• Stay calm.
• Know the location.
• If the dispatcher request you pause for a moment, do so.
• If you reach a recording, listen to what it says.
• Let the call-taker guide the conversation.
• Keep your eyes open. You may be asked to describe victims, suspects, vehicles, or other parts of the scene.
• Do not hang up the call until directed to do so by the call-taker.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".