The Senate today advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would retitle emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers.
The Senate advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would retitle emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers. (Flickr)
“In an emergency, the dispatcher becomes the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders answering the call,” said Bucco (R-25). “These hard-working, highly trained individuals dedicate their lives to helping others, but their heroics are unseen and seldom acknowledged.”
The legislation (A-3804/S-1590) was approved by the Assembly in March and now moves to the Governor’s desk for review.
“Appropriately, this bill salutes them for their vital roles in the first responder community, and the responsibilities they bear when lives are in danger and every moment counts,” Bucco continued.
Like firefighters, EMT’s and police officers, dispatchers work the long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. Without the accolades earned by more visible responders, they still influence outcomes and save lives.
“The critical information collected and disbursed by dispatchers and their split-second actions form the foundation for an effective emergency response,” said Bucco, a 40-year member and former captain with the Boonton Volunteer Fire Department. “The ‘first responder dispatcher’ designation is deserved and well-earned.”
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