Signing of Senate Bill 40 grants first responder classification to Kansas 911 Telecommunicators Featured

Signing of Senate Bill 40 grants first responder classification to Kansas 911 Telecommunicators KVOE News File Photo

911 telecommunicators now have a new designation, first responders.

The change in designation came as part of an amendment to Senate Bill 40 signed into law by Governor Laura Kelly Wednesday evening. This brings to an end a more than year-long push by 911 telecommunicators to amend their previous designation as administrative support.

Lyon County Emergency Communications Center Director Roxanne Van Gundy says the work that has gone into developing the legislation for the reclassification opened the eyes of many at the state level to the full scope of work done by dispatchers on a daily basis.

 

After a year of developing the legislation, it took less than a month for the item to be placed in front of legislatures following its return from the reviser's office. From there the then 911 First Responders Act was altered and added as an amendment to SB40

With the passing of the reclassification, Kansas now joins other states including Texas, California and West Virginia, among others, to give first responder status to dispatch workers. Van Gundy says the reclassification is not only a win for the state of Kansas, but for 911 workers across the country.

 

With the passage of the amendment, Van Gundy says the advocation and education of dispatcher work will continue in the years to come to further shine light on the work of 911 telecommunicators throughout the country.

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