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Wood County Dispatch Center
Monday April 2nd, 2012 :: 11:29 a.m. CDT

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April is 911 Education Month.

The Wood County Dispatch Center Recognizes April as National 9-1-1 Education Month and joins with national public safety leaders to promote 9-1-1 awareness and proper usage

Wisconsin Rapids – Today, The Wood County Dispatch Center began a month-long campaign to help Americans of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and the role they play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis. Groups including the United States Congress and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), a leading public safety association, have also recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month, and are encouraging the media, the 9-1-1 community, the wireless industry, and public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities this month.

“For forty years, 9-1-1 has served as the vital link between the American public and emergency services,” said NENA CEO, Brian Fontes. “Public education and awareness initiatives throughout the years have contributed in large measure to the incredible and ongoing success of the emergency communications system as a whole. It is our hope that all groups interested in promoting and enhancing the safety and welfare of the public will help deliver critical
9-1-1messages this month.”

As consumers utilize new communications technologies and devices, 9-1-1 education takes on an increased importance for everyone, but especially for children, teens, and parents. With Cellular phones, knowing your location is vital and we have to reinforce that need with all our Cellular users. Texting is the newest addition to the list of ways to contact our Dispatch Center and you can do so by sending a text to 274637 and starting your message with WCCS. As technology moves on we will also so that we are always here to provide the people of Wood County the help they need when they need it the most.

Dispatchers from the Wood County Dispatch Center are available to speak with groups about 911 Education at any time. We have also implemented the 911 for Kids Program in all of the Wood County Schools, Kindergarten classrooms, and will be working with them during April on this initiative. NENA has also made a number of public safety educational resources for the media, 9-1-1 professionals, public educators, and citizens available via its
National 9-1-1 Education Month webpage, http://www.nena.org/?page=911_EducationMonth&hhSearchTerms=911+and+education+and+month , including an E-Brochure entitled Making 9-1-1 Work for YOU!. The brochure is designed to provide essential information to the general public, children, teens, and parents about the 9-1-1 system and emergency response.

Address/Location
Wood County Dispatch Center
400 Market St
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 715-421-8701

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