South Carolina
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

South Carolina

Will honor the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 13 - 19, 2003.

This week is dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing 9-1-1 emergency assistance to citizens in South Carolina. Every day, millions of people depend on the skill, expertise, and commitment of the men and women who work in public safety telecommunications. These individuals help save countless lives by responding to emergency calls, dispatching emergency professionals and equipment, and providing moral support to citizens in distress.

The term "9-1-1" is often associated with rapid emergency response, poise under pressure, aid and compassion in times of distress, and critical decision-making within seconds. Many people do not stop to think about these seemingly nameless, faceless individuals until they experience actual emergencies themselves. These professionals make the difference between life and death in many instances.

By officially recognizing these public safety telecommunications professionals, SC APCO/NENA hopes to awaken public awareness and promote much-needed education regarding important public safety issues and legislation.

Enclosed, as part of this press release, is the Honorable Governor Mark Sanford's Proclamation honoring our telecommunicators throughout the State of South Carolina.

We urge you to contact your local Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for 9-1-1 to tour their facilities and meet these local professionals.

Renee Hardwick                                                                Sheila Hanna-Wiles
President, SCNENA                                                         President, SCAPCO
(843) 248-1820                                                                 (864) 459-2400,x 16