Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Recognizes Hawaiʻi Public Safety Telecommunicators on House Floor
Honolulu, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below in recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week:
“Hawaiʻi's public safety dispatchers and radio technicians provide an essential service to our community. These hardworking men and women process more than 1.4 million 9-1-1 calls each year in Hawaiʻi, and are literally the first line of response in an emergency situation. Their ability to relay accurate and up-to-date information is essential to the success of our police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and to the safety of those in desperate need of help.
“Last year Hawaiʻi's public safety telecommunicators helped our state become one of the very first in the nation to implement a Text-to-9-1-1 program that's helping to close the gap in emergency response. This program addresses a very real need for situations where you may have a home invasion or domestic violence scenario, where making a phone call to 9-1-1 safely is simply not possible. Mahalo to our telecommunicators for leading the way on this initiative and for your work every single day on behalf of Hawaiʻi's people.”