The folks at the Lincoln County Communications Center are a daily part of life at The Lincoln County News. We hear their voices over the scanner as we go about our daily bustle. Most of the breaking news stories we write starts with them.
Through their conversations, they tell us about the accidents, the structure fires, the hot pursuits, the arrests. Those critical incidents, while oftentimes tragic, are stories the community should know. The work of the team at Lincoln County 9-1-1 allows us to tell it to them.
Our news stories focus on the emergency responders that arrive at the scene of these critical incidents. We write about the law enforcement agencies, the fire departments, the ambulance services.
Rarely do our stories recognize where it all began – with the communications center that sent those emergency responders to the scene. Rarely do our stories reflect the true drama involved in speaking with the first people to report an emergency, in gathering the information emergency responders need.
It is even rarer for our news stories to recognize the quick response of emergency responders was due to the folks at the Lincoln County Communications Center. April 12-18 is National Telecommunicators Week.
It is an opportunity to recognize the crucial work of dispatchers and thank them for their service. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the staff at Lincoln County Communications answers the calls of those in need.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend a very heartfelt thank you: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we appreciate you.