Polk County Sheriff Salutes Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Fosston, MN — This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which honors telecommunicators, otherwise known as dispatchers, who are the first link in the chain of an emergency police, fire, medical responses to those in need. Simply put, Polk Sheriff Jim Tadman says in the event of crisis, there are the first you talk to and get you the help you need.
Dave Wandschneider has been a dispatcher for the last 17 years and with Polk County for the last 3. He says there’s never a dull day in the world of dispatch and you have to be ready for everything as you never know what’s going to be on the other line when that phone rings.
Sheriff Tadman says because the job can be high stress and now revolves heavily around technology, recruiting people into the field can be difficult.
With cell phones, it’s becoming more common for people accidentally dial 9-1-1. Wandschneider says if you do, don’t panic. It’s very important to let the dispatcher know that you’re ok and it was just a simple mistake.
On April 6, 2021, the Polk County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing the important service Polk County Dispatchers provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to our citizens. There is a valid reason these folks on the other end of 9-1-1 calls and police radios are referred to as the “life-line”. They truly are the imperative conduit between those who call for help and delivering that help. During the week of April 11 – 17, 2021 please join the Polk County Board of Commissioners along with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in recognizing the critical work and services our Public Safety Dispatchers provide.