HELP 911 DISPATCHERS TODAY!
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911 dispatchers provide critical intervention in the emergency response process:
for the caller, which requires extensive training and can be traumatic
to the field responders based on information from multiple channels and callers
Despite their their important role in emergency response process, the federal government classifies dispatchers as clerical workers, which deprives them of the resources, training and benefits that other First Responders receive.
Why do 911 dispatchers deserve the support that
First Responders receive?
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HIGH STRESS ENVIRONMENT:
In a study comparing the stress levels of more than 600 jobs, 911 dispatchers ranked 13th on the list.
Between 18-24% of 911 dispatchers show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), similar to the rate for police officers.
BURNOUT AND TURNOVER:
It is estimated that upward of 25% of all 911 dispatchers leave after less than a year.
A 911 dispatcher is in the top 10% of "high-turnover" professions, comparable to EMT and paramedic turnover.
UNDERSTAFFING AND LONGER RESPONSE TIMES:
If a patient is not breathing and must wait 2-3 minutes or longer for an ambulance to arrive, the outcome can be fatal. The initial intervention by a 911 dispatcher is necessary to preserve lives.
OUR CURRENT MISSION:
HELP OUR 911 DISPATCHER
FRIENDS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Sock Puppet Master is partnering with the Local 888 in Massachusetts to help 911 dispatchers
3 BILLS FOR DISPATCHERS ARE BEING PRESENTED:
911 Retirement Reclassification to Group 2: H.2665/S.1730
Ensures their ability to retire
- SD.573 - Senator Michael Rush
- SD.1673 - Senator Paul Feeney
- HD.1200 – Rep. Todd Smola
911 Reclassification to Public Safety: H.2667/S.1586
Ensures they receive fair benefits, training, and support
- SD.652 - Senator Michael Rush
- HD.174 – Rep. Michael Soter
911 Inclusion on the Heart Law: HD.3403/S.1673
Ensures they receive care for impairment due to heart disease or hypertension
- SD.1669 - Senator Paul Feeney
- HD.3403 - Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis & Representative Judith Garcia
HOW YOU CAN HELP
ANYONE IN THE U.S. CAN SEND AN EMAIL!
Copy and paste the EMAIL LIST in the "TO" section of your email.
Shirley.Arriaga@mahouse.gov, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov, Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, David.Biele@mahouse.gov, Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, Kate.Donaghue@mahouse.gov, James.Eldridge@masenate.gov, Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, Judith.Garcia@mahouse.gov, Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, email@example.com, Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, Natalie.Higgins@mahouse.gov, Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, Michael.Kushmerek@mahouse.gov, David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, Francisco.Paulino@mahouse.gov, Pavel.Payano@masenate.gov, Aaron.Saunders@mahouse.gov, Danillo.Sena@mahouse.gov, Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov, Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, Marcus.Vaughn@mahouse.gov, Steven.Xiarhos@mahouse.gov, Erika.Uyterhoeven@mahouse.gov, Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov, Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, email@example.com
Add your own SUBJECT line
Type your message into the BODY of the email (remember to include the following key points)
1) 911 dispatchers deserve to be classified as First Responders
2) 911 dispatchers need access to better training, benefits and support
3) Please support these important pieces of legislation:
• 911 Reclassification to Public Safety : H.2667/S.1586
• 911 Retirement Reclassification to Group 2: H.2665/S.1730
• 911 Inclusion on the Heart Law: HD.3403/S.1673
MAKE A PHONE CALL:
Click the link to see the script for anyone who wants to call a representative directly:
1. See the list of phone numbers below for reference
2. Need some pointers? Use the CALL SCRIPT (here) to help you
President of the Senate
Senator Karen E. Spilka - (617) 722-1500
Speaker of the House
Representative Ronald Mariano - (617) 722-2500
House Public Safety Committee
Chair – Representative Carlos Gonzalez - (617) 722-2230
Senate Public Safety Committee
Chair – Senator Walter Timilty - (617) 722-1643
House Ways and Means
Chair – Representative Aaron Michlewitz - (617) 722-2990
Vice Chair – Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante - (617) 722-2380
Senate Ways & Means
Chair – Senator Michael J. Rodrigues - (617) 722-1114
Vice Chair – Senator Cindy F. Friedman - (617) 722-1432
Maura Healey - (617) 725-4005
Live in Massachusetts?
What can I do in my area?
For information about how to advocate for 911 dispatchers in your area, click here