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Pictured are Upshur County Commissioners Sam Nolte, Kristie Tenney and Doug Bush with E911 director Doyle Cutright and E911 operators Roxanne Winters and Brittney Wood. (Photo by Monica Zalaznik / My Buckhannon)

Upshur County Commission recognizes local 911 telecommunicators for their essential role during emergencies

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission approved a proclamation Thursday marking April 9 to April 15 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Upshur County E911 director Doyle Cutright read the proclamation, which notes that public safety telecommunicators are “the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services.” The full text of the proclamation is included at the bottom of this story.

In other Upshur County Commission news:

  • The commission approved and signed the Victims of Crime Act Grant contract agreement, resolution, certifications, standard conditions, and assurances. The grant award is in the sum of $23,964 to be used to fund staff in the Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
  • The commission approved and signed a lease agreement between Hart Office Solutions and the Upshur County Commission for a new copier to be located in the Upshur County Clerk’s Office. This lease will be billed monthly at $266.53 per month for 63 months. All service and supplies will be billed monthly based on usage.
  • The commission appointed Sam Nolte as a representative to the Upshur County Development Authority.
  • The commission approved correspondence from Lacy Ramsey, Interim Executive Director of the Upshur County Convention & Visitors Bureau, requesting the re-appointment of Tabatha Perry as the County Commission representative to the CVB Board of Directors. This second term will be effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026.
  • The commission approved Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility volunteer Jacob Fisher.

Here is the text of the National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week proclamation:

Whereas, emergencies occur 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year that require Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Medical Services; and,

Whereas, when an emergency occurs the prompt response of Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property; and,

Whereas, such response would not be possible without Public Safety Telecommunicators who are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services; and,

Whereas, our Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Service personnel are dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who telephone the Public Safety Telecommunicators working within the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center: and,

Whereas, Public Safety Telecommunicators provide the vital link for our Emergency Services personnel by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them with invaluable information and ensuring their safety during the most dangerous times; and,

Whereas, Public Safety Telecommunicators of the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires, treatment of patients, overall safety of our community and have been integral in the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic; and,

Whereas, Public Safety Telecommunicators of the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center exhibit compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their jobs on a daily basis;

Now therefore be it Resolved, that the Upshur County Commission declares the week of April 9 through 15, 2023 to be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Upshur County, in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our County and citizens safe. Whereas, emergencies occur 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year that require Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Medical Services; and,

Whereas, when an emergency occurs the prompt response of Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property; and,

Whereas, such response would not be possible without Public Safety Telecommunicators who are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services; and,

Whereas, our Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Service personnel are dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who telephone the Public Safety Telecommunicators working within the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center: and,

Whereas, Public Safety Telecommunicators provide the vital link for our Emergency Services personnel by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them with invaluable information and ensuring their safety during the most dangerous times; and,

Whereas, Public Safety Telecommunicators of the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires, treatment of patients, overall safety of our community and have been integral in the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic; and,

Whereas, Public Safety Telecommunicators of the Upshur County Emergency 911 Communications Center exhibit compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their jobs on a daily basis;

Now therefore be it Resolved, that the Upshur County Commission declares the week of April 9 through 15, 2023 to be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Upshur County, in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our County and citizens safe.

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