Chief Maggard Acknowledges Communications Personnel at City Council Meeting
In 1991, Congress proclaimed the second week of April to be dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Since then, and increasingly for the past several years, public safety agencies nationwide have recognized the pivotal role played by police and fire dispatchers who utilize telephones, radios, computers and many other communications media to provide support to law enforcement, fire services, and emergency medical services.
On Tuesday, April 10th, Mayor Kang and the Irvine City Council publically acknowledged the Communications Bureau, proclaiming April 8th through 14th as National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. Chief Maggard was present to personally thank communications personnel for their outstanding contributions to the safety of the Irvine community.
Irvine’s Public Safety Dispatchers are responsible for receiving and triaging hundreds of thousands of telephone calls annually, more than 50,000 of which come through on emergency lines. These “unseen” first responders are critical to the successful deployment of resources to critical incidents.