By Sheriff Scott Henriod WPCSO
This week’s Sheriff’s Corner I would like to recognize our dispatchers that work for the Sheriff’s Office.
This week April 8-14, 2018 is National Public Safety Telecommunications week. It is a special week that highlights how important our emergency communications centers and employees are around the country.
Here at the Sheriff’s Office we have five dispatchers that handle all incoming calls both telephone and radio which include emergency and non-emergency calls. They dispatch for the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office, both City and County Fire Departments, both City and County E.M.S. and the Ely Tribal Police. They assist the Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Parks and Recreation, BLM, Forest Service, NDI and the Nevada Department of Wildlife with dispatch services.
Each dispatcher works different shifts from days, afternoons and graveyards. They give up sleep, holidays, special times with family and friends to provide a critical service to the citizens of White Pine County, making sure emergency services arrive when needed. This profession demands unique skills dealing with the public when emergency crises situations are on the line. They stay calm, vigilant, and steadfast in their duties when the call for help comes across the radio or phone system.
I would like to thank Dispatch Supervisor Jacque Miller, Dispatcher Anastacia Wilkin, Dispatcher Sami Jo Blackham, Dispatcher Vanessa Leavitt and Dispatcher Dakota Adkins for their dedication to the citizens of White Pine County.