Logo from from the National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Facebook page.

Logo from from the National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Facebook page.

Hundreds of thousands of 9-1-1 dispatchers are recognized each April during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Overseeing the dispatch operation for the College Station Police Department is Bob Radtke.

Radtke says his staff of 20 handles a yearly volume of 420,000 calls. Less than ten percent, 30,000, are 9-1-1 emergencies.

Radtke says if you have a question whether your call is an emergency to go ahead and hit 9-1-1.

And he asks adults who give children old cell phones as toys to remove the battery first. Radtke says all cell phones can still be used to place 9-1-1 calls. If 9-1-1 is called accidentally, Radtke asks the caller to stay on the line to tell dispatchers it was an accident.

Click below for comments from Bob Radtke, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Click HERE to be directed to the National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Facebook page.

News release courtesy of the College Station Police Department:

College Station Emergency Communications will honor the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers and call takers during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 14–20, 2013.

Across the nation in times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters the primary access point for those seeking all classes of emergency services and homeland security information is 9-1-1. The state, local and county public safety communications centers who receive these calls have emerged as the first and single point of contact for persons seeking immediate relief during an emergency.

Every day, millions of people depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the men and women who work in public safety telecommunications. These individuals help save countless lives by responding to emergency calls, dispatching emergency professionals and equipment and providing support to citizens in distress. In addition to answering emergency calls most operators also field questions relating to all types of complaints while coordinating priorities to serve the public in the best and fastest way possible. Working tirelessly behind the scenes, these individuals make the difference between life and death in many instances.

We are honoring our dispatch and call-taking personnel with a special thank you for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the citizens of College Station. In 2013, the College Station City Council adopted a proclamation designating this week National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week in the City of College Station in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our city and citizens safe.

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Bryan city manager Alsie Bond discussed National Community Development Week on the Infomaniacs Thursday, April 17.

Click below to hear the interview with Alsie Bond and WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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JuniorPGA2014

Seven years in the works, Miramont Country Club is hosting the one of the four majors for junior golfers in the world.

Head Pro Mark Greer says they’re recruiting volunteers for the Junior PGA Championship.

Practice rounds will be held July 27 and 28 and the tournament is July 29 through August 1.

Each day, Greer says they will need 100 volunteers.

Positions range from assisting spectators to the 156 golfers.

Greer says the PGA will be bringing a staff of more than 50, and it will be televised on the Golf Channel.

Click below for comments from Mark Greer, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Additional information courtesy of Miramont Country Club:

All volunteer committee assignments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. This National Championship will have a starting field of 156 boys & girls from over 40 states and a few countries. Signup early to secure your position on a choice committee! For a complete list of available committees and access to the official Volunteer Application, please visit www.JuniorPGAChampionship.com to create your account and complete the application. Some of the key committees we need help with are: Marshals/Spotters, Player Shuttles & Evacuation, Scoring & Leaderboards. Consider volunteering for a day or as long as your time permits. Flexible times and days are available. If you would prefer to complete a paper application, please call the Miramont Country Club Golf Shop at (979) 361-7220 or stop by the shop accordingly. Registration deadline is Friday, June 13.

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College Station Mayor Nancy Berry discussed the natatorium feasibility study, additional CVB funds, rental registration, and more during her regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, April 16.

Click below to listen to Mayor Nancy Berry visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the passage of the latest House budget, Keystone XL prospects, possible legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, April 16.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan Police Department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about the Chaplain Corps annual Blue Bunny Easter Egg hunt Saturday morning from 10-11 at the Stephen F. Austin Middle School football field, motorists paying additional attention during the Easter holiday, the continuing search for a 17 year old accused of a shooting last Friday, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.

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WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with DPS Trooper Jimmy Morgan about parking along highways to view bluebonnets, and with AgriLife Extension’s Cindy Kovar about proper use of child safety seats-including a car seat checkup on April 26 from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. at College Station Medical Center.

Click HERE for more information from AgriLife Extension’s Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition website.

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Lance Jackson with the Lincoln Recreation Center and Jay Socol highlighted upcoming local events The Infomaniacs, Friday, April 11.

Click below to hear Lance Jackson’s visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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BTU General Manager Gary Miller explains the significance of a recent award during the City of Bryan’s community update on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, April 10.

Click below to listen to Gary Miller’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed progress on the house budget, the recent GAO report on redundancy, Medicare payouts to doctors, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, April 10.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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