Support Telecommunicators in Getting the Recognition They Deserve
Write to your Senators and Representatives – Request their support of the 9-1-1 SAVES Act
The federal government currently classifies 9-1-1 operator positions as administrative/clerical in nature, which is inaccurate and a disservice to the lifesaving work and dedication of these professionals. In partnership with APCO International, TMA is seeking your support for the bipartisan, bicameral 9-1-1 SAVES Act, a simple zero-cost bill that would fix the federal classification by appropriately grouping Public Safety Telecommunicators with other “Protective” occupations. It’s good governance, and it’s a much-deserved recognition for the 100,000 Public Safety Telecommunicators in our country.
Many of you work closely with 9-1-1 operators across the United States. You, more than most, understand the nature of the specialized training that is required and the depth of commitment to helping those in need. TMA asks you to take a few minutes to lend your support to this legislation aimed at raising the profile of your colleagues.
Every day, in 9-1-1 centers throughout the country, Public Safety Telecommunicators provide lifesaving emergency medical instruction, deal with suicidal persons, assess scene safety for arriving responders, and have a critical role for active shooter incidents, building collapse, officer down, firefighter maydays, and a variety of other emergencies. Reclassifying these professionals as Protective Service Occupations has broad support from the 9-1-1 community and others familiar with the lifesaving work of Public Safety Telecommunicators.
By way of background, federal agencies rely on the Standard Occupational Classification, a vast catalog of occupations, for statistical purposes. Occupations are supposed to be classified according to the nature of the work performed. However, the current version of the SOC categorizes Public Safety Telecommunicators in the group for secretaries, office clerks, and taxicab dispatchers. Public Safety Telecommunicators should be categorized as Protective Service Occupations, which includes a broad range of “protective” occupations: lifeguards, gambling surveillance officers, fish and game wardens, parking enforcement workers, firefighters, and playground monitors, among others. Reclassification is common sense, and about getting Public Safety Telecommunicators the recognition they deserve for the work they do every day to protect and save the lives of the public and first responders.
Please support the 9-1-1 SAVES Act by sending a letter of support to those representatives who support the Act or a letter to request support.
The links below take you to a dynamic form on APCO’s website. You need simply provide your contact information and the appropriate letter is sent automatically to your representatives and senators. The process takes just minutes to complete.
- Ask your U.S. Senator to support the 9-1-1 SAVES Act
- Ask your U.S. Representative to support the 9-1-1 SAVES Act
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