WFPD honors dispatchers during National Telecommunicator Week

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls police, fire, and Wichita County dispatchers are being recognized this week during National Telecommunicator Week.

The first 9-1-1 call in the United States was made in February 1968, marking the beginning of the 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch System. April 14 through April 20 is a week to honor and recognize the men and women who are the frontline responders during a crisis.

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On Wednesday, April 17, Wichita Falls dispatchers were honored with a barbecue lunch cooked by the Wichita Falls Police Officer's Association.

Dispatch Training Coordinator Rachel Bolduc said the Wichita Falls dispatch center receives several hundred calls daily and dispatches life-saving police and medical responders all over Wichita County and Wichita Falls.

She said she appreciated the recognition and added that she's found more than a career in the dispatch center.

"We really love the work that we do, and I honestly found my family here," Bolduc said.

The Wichita Falls Police Department is looking for dispatchers. To learn more about the Public Safety Dispatch Academy, visit the City's website.

Click here to view the application requirements and apply to the 51st Dispatch Academy.

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