When an emergency strikes, the public turns to the 9-1-1 system as the lifeline to
ensure police, fire and medical personnel are able to respond quickly. Often 9-1-1 operators go unnoticed and we are taking the opportunity during National Public Safety
Telecommunicators Week to highlight the critical role that all Public Safety dispatchers play.
CAL FIRE operates 21 Emergency Command Centers (ECC) throughout California that answer over 400,000 calls for help and dispatch over a thousand different pieces of emergency equipment including fire engines, helicopters, airtankers and rescue vehicles. Approximately 100 local fire departments contract with CAL FIRE to provide dispatching services.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was started by Congress back in 1991 to help highlight the thousands of individuals who respond to emergency calls. These men and woman are available 24/7 to aid and dispatch emergency professionals and resources during a crisis.
CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire Department wants to thanks all the Police, Fire and EMS Dispatch Centers for their hard work and dedication.