|Updated: 4/09/2012 10:39 am
||Published: 4/06/2012 8:17 pm
911 Dispatchers play a crucial role in getting you the help you need.
As part of National Public Safety Telecommunications week, Tulsa 911 operators want to share where they started in 1901 with a memorial.
“When this project is completed it will be very helpful to tell the story of 911 in Tulsa. Tours that come thru, be they school children, Probationary Firefighters or Police officers, will be able to come in the public entrance and follow the story as they enter the building and proceed thru the building towards the actual work area,” said dispatcher Jeff Pestel.
Pestel has been collecting artifacts from agencies and digging up historical photographs and articles.
"It all started when the fire chief donated the fire alarm box to us and it's 107 years old."
Pestel has been a dispatcher since the summer of 1991.
"It means a lot to us because we feel that our job is the most important because if we don't get the information and the location and send the right emergency personnel then people don't get the help they need,” said Pestel.
Old dispatcher uniforms are on display before 911 consolidated in 1992 and several police, fire and EMS patches from around the world are showcased in the hall.
“Old photos of past dispatch centers and of previous employees, both police and fire, dating back to the 1930's,” said Pestel.
A Tulsa fire log book from 1933. During the dust bowl people documented the day it rained.
“We are collecting and displaying pictures of employees who passed away while employed with us, as well as employees who retired from this department,” said Pestel.
Another area is dedicated to the September 11th, dispatchers who Pestel said gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"It's tough to listen to the radio recordings, I couldn't imagine dispatching for that,” said Pestel. “I believe this is a legacy that we can preserve and bequeath to future generations of dispatchers long after we are gone.”