Anyone who happens to have a scanner can listen to dispatchers as they communicate with those who are answering calls.
In particular, the dispatchers at the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office take 9-1-1 calls, dispatch emergency responders and maintain a calm as all around them are in a flurry of activity.
This past few days, they coordinated multiple law enforcement officers, relaying information, calling for additional assets and relaying information as an escapee was loose in the county. All the while, phones continue to ring.
Monday, a fire in Palo Pinto meant law enforcement and multiple volunteer fire departments were asked for assistance. The same happened Tuesday, when 9-1-1 received a call regarding a mobile home fire.
Wednesday started early with the fire at Kennedy Sausage. Thirteen departments were called from around the area. Yet, through it all, the dispatcher maintained her calm, professional manner and accomplished everything that was asked.
It has always been so.
She is not the exception, she is the rule — those ladies who handle so much at any given moment are extraordinary.
They are professional, courteous, knowledgeable and above all else, a life line between the community and emergency services.
Regardless of the situation, regardless of the chaos, regardless of anything else, they are there, supporting, helping and working to help keep the communities they serve safe.
Well done, ladies.