April 11, 2013

MANHATTAN, KAN. - The Riley County Police Department will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 14 - 20, 2013 to recognize the dispatchers who work behind the scenes to answer calls for help every day. The Department employs many highly trained and dedicated Emergency Medical 911 dispatchers. These dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the
year and often miss holidays and events with their families. They make these sacrifices to help protect lives and property by receiving vital information and dispatching law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and fire personnel to provide direct assistance to the public. RCPD dispatchers have saved lives, reduced the potential for injuries, and eased suffering through their efforts.

They are in effect, first responders to each and every emergency situation in our community and often determine what kind of aid is needed and send appropriate assistance. They may instruct you on how to perform CPR, render first-aid, or even deliver a baby. They also ask questions about the situation and attempt to determine risk factors that responding emergency personnel might face when they arrive on scene. The critical role played by Emergency Medical 911 dispatchers across the nation, and within Riley County is often underestimated or underappreciated. The work these dedicated men and women perform and the skills they demonstrate clearly enhance the safety of everyone in our community. The Riley County Communication Center is housed within the Riley County Police Department which currently employs 19 dispatchers (17 fully trained and 2 in training). These dispatchers directly serve more than 100 sworn personnel, 200 full-time and volunteer firefighters, 40 Emergency Medical Personnel, and all citizens of Manhattan and Riley County. The Riley County Police Department would like to thank these individuals for the work that they do to serve our community.