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April 9-15, 2023: 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators CPR Week

WHEREAS, this week we show our appreciation and recognize that our health, safety, and well-being often dependent on the commitment and professionalism of 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators, because emergencies can occur at any time that require police, fire, emergency medical service, or other critical services; and,

WHEREAS, in Michigan, 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPS) serve as the primary point for dispatching police, fire and EMS responses. In addition to answering and dispatching emergency calls, telecommunicators also provide medical pre-arrival instructions such as Telecommunicator-CPR (T-CPR); and,

WHEREAS, T-CPR is the delivery of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction by trained 911 telecommunicators (dispatchers) including the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), to a 911caller to help a cardiac arrest victim; and,

WHEREAS, T-CPR has been shown to increase bystander CPR rates and is associated with improved survival rates; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we unite to increase public knowledge and awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the role 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators have in providing CPR and AED instructions to save more lives from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Michigan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 9 – 15, 2023 as 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators CPR Week in Michigan.