Van De Wege bill would bring consistency to emergency dispatching

Police safety would be enhanced by establishing certification and training standards for emergency dispatchers, under legislation heard today by the Senate State Government & Elections Committee. “Right now, standards and practices vary across the state,” said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), who is also a career first responder. “I don’t know that anyone’s doing a poor job, it’s just that everyone’s doing it differently. Standardizing practices across our state would make for more consistent and efficient communications.” Van De Wege’s Senate Bill 5555 would establish a certification board in the state's Enhanced 911 Coordination Office to create a certification and training program for public safety telecommunicators across the state. The program would develop and share consistent forms and procedures, and ...

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