City of Durant to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

City of Durant
Rebecca Carroll

The City of Durant will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) from April 14-20. First celebrated in 1981, NPSTW was declared a national, week-long event through the signing of Presidential Proclamation 6667 in 1994.

Locally, 911 telecommunicators serve in the communications center at the Durant Police Department, under the banner of Durant Communications – Bryan County 911. These dispatchers provide service for 17 fire departments, nine law enforcement agencies, and two emergency medical services. Durant’s dispatchers also work closely with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Choctaw Nation Lighthorse Police and Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police, totaling 31 agency partnerships.

The 2024 celebrations will include an awards ceremony for contributions and achievements in the previous year, as well as lunches and other gifts provided throughout the week by area first responders. The awards ceremony will be held at the Durant Police Department on Wednesday, April 17 at noon in the classroom at the Durant Police Department.

The public is encouraged to celebrate NPSTW and may attend the ceremony on April 17.

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