PRESS RELEASE

The Jefferson County Communication Center Authority Board of Directors recognizes 9-1-1 Emergency Communicators as First Responders

March 26, 2020

The Board of Directors, comprised of the Chiefs of Police, Fire Chiefs, and Sheriff of Jefferson County agencies, voted unanimously to pass a resolution recognizing the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, commonly known as “Jeffcom 911” as an “Organization of Emergency and First Responders.”

Jeffcom 911 is now the third agency in Colorado, following Pitkin and Arapahoe counties, as recognizing their 9-1-1 communicators as first responders and leading a national trend to reclassify a profession that is currently categorized by the federal Office of Management and Budget as clerical in nature. This is a classification the U.S. Congress is attempting to revise to recognize the technical and operational nature of the profession that is highly qualified, delivers life-saving instructions and immediate transfer of essential information to police, fire and EMS, in the “9-1-1 SAVES Act”, a bill that several Colorado Legislators have co-sponsored.

 

In response to the recognition of Jeffcom 911’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Jeffcom 911, Jeff Streeter, stated “This recognition is timely in the current environment where 9-1-1 Emergency Communicators are essential to public safety, providing a critical role working hand-in-hand with police, fire, and paramedics to coordinate emergency responses that protect the lives of the Jefferson County community and field responders alike.”

Jeffcom 911 is a regional emergency communications center providing support to 24 first responder agencies and serves the approximate 600,000 residents of Jefferson County, answering over 700,000 emergency and non-emergency calls annually. Jeffcom 911 is the second largest Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) in the state of Colorado and this designation recognizes the staff of 142 current employees.   For more information about Jeffcom 911 and the Emergency Communicator profession, visit Jeffcom911.org.

 

Jefferson County Communications Center Authority Board of Directors:

     President – Sheriff Jeff Shrader, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

     Vice President – Chief Don Lombardi, West Metro Fire Protection District

     Treasurer – Chief Mike Weege, Evergreen Fire Protection District

     Member – Chief Mike Piper, Arvada Fire Protection District

     Member – Chief Link Strate, Arvada Police Department

     Member – Chief Daniel McCasky, Lakewood Police Department

     Member – Chief Bill Kilpatrick, City of Golden

    Member – Chief Chris Murtha, Wheat Ridge Police