Dispatcher William Brannon of the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office recently participated in the Basic Telecommunications Class.
Brannon and classmates from BT107 participated in a graduation ceremony Feb. 2 at Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Presented by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, the two-week course included emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics.
The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when Oregon enacted legislation requiring individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional and state public safety communications centers.
The Oregon DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year across the state and at the academy in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the director and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is the board chairman. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/dpsst.