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Harford County Department of Emergency Services

On August 18, 2017, Harford County, Md. was being inundated with severe lightning storms. One of our evening shift calltakers was taking a 911 call when they felt a shock through their headset, causing her to scream. Two dispatchers noticed sparks coming off the corner of our building and notified …

Showering Them With Gifts

This year both myself and my Director are new to our positions and have come from the Dispatch floor. We decided to celebrate our Dispatchers and have been planning for National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week for months now. We have been updating our center with new paint, décor, new chairs, …

Game Ideas for NPSTW

In the past we had played a few fun games that everyone seemed to enjoy. We have had a jar of different kind of M&M’s with money hidden in a Ziploc bag inside. Whomever came closest to guessing the number of M&M’s (without going over) won the jar and the …

A Week of Events

We host a week of events. Mon-Fri we do “spirit week” and I pick a different theme for each day. We obtain lots of donations and we always host a food competition on Wednesday. This year’s competition is “chopped basket” and I chose 3 ingredients the employees must use to …

NPSTW Cook-off Competition

Our center is looking at doing a friendly cook-off competition with other local center.  We do not have a commercial kitchen and are forced to cook creatively with crock pots, microwaves and nuwave cooktops.  So we’ve challenged our “neighbors” to bring their best dish.  

Have Some Fun With Theme Days

Many agencies choose to celebrate NPSTW with dress themes for different days during the week. Here are some of their ideas from previous years: 

A Token of Your Appreciation

Comm centers across the country take the opportunity during NPSTW to recognize outstanding employees. Some have banquets and bestow awards, while others take a more casual approach.

Celebrating NPSTW Without a Budget

So you want to celebrate public safety telecommunicators week, but you don’t have any designated funds? Here are some creative low/no cost ideas shared by your peers:

Extending the Recognition

In addition to offering an opportunity for celebration and recognition within your agencies, NPSTW is the perfect time to reach out to other PSAPs, the media and government agencies asking them to help honor telecommunicators and their impact on public safety. How might you do that?