Blaine County officials honored local dispatchers this week, joining Gov. Brad Little in declaring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week with a proclamation Tuesday morning.

     “They’re really the first person on the scene, so to speak, whenever there’s an emergency,” County Commissioner Angenie McCleary said after reading Little’s statement into the record. “I’m really proud of the work they do here in Blaine County.”

     Later that afternoon, Commissioner Dick Fosbury toured the emergency communications command center, which shares a building with the Blaine County jail in Hailey.

     “Communications is the key for a safe community,” he said.

     Police and fire officials also joined the chorus, praising the work dispatchers do in the service of emergency response.

     “We work out of the same facility, and I consider them family,” Sheriff Steve Harkins said. “Dispatch is an important job. It’s the glue that holds everything together.”

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