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Gold Ribbon Award For Emergency Communications

Cincinnati's Gold Ribbon winners for Emergency Communications

Cincinnati's Emergency Communications Center Honored For Response To Casino Collapse

City Receives Gold Ribbon Award From Statewide Organization

Five employees of the City of Cincinnati's Emergency Communications Center received a statewide honor for their response to a collapse at the casino construction site near Downtown last year.

Donielle Woodall, Karla Williams, Andrew Threatts, Craig Lapasky, and Lawrence Arnold were selected for a Gold Ribbon Award, which is presented to a communications center that endured a prolonged interruption of normal operations of their center due to a natural disaster or major man-made event while maintaining a near-normal standard of care for their community.

The honor is part of Ohio’s 911 Gold Star Award program, which was started 14 years ago by the Ohio Chapters of APCO (Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) and NENA (National Emergency Number Association) to recognize the contributions of public safety communications professionals to safeguarding the well-being of its citizens, as well as the safety of law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders.

"We're incredibly honored to be recognized by our peers as being among the best of the best," said Joel Estes, Emergency Communications Center Director. "The staff handled a really challenging situation like the professionals they are."

This week, April 14-20, 2013, is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is designated as a time when citizens can thank public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis.

About The City Of Cincinnati Emergency Communications Center

The Emergency Communications Center is the public safety answering point for 911 calls placed within the City of Cincinnati. Dispatching is provided for Cincinnati Police, Fire and EMS. The ECC not only processes emergency 911 calls, but also completes numerous activities in support of public safety. Employees dispatch Police, Fire and EMS, monitor dispatch channels, relay pertinent information to the field, and to other agencies and businesses. The ECC is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each year, ECC personnel answer more than 700,000 incoming calls, including more than 450,000 emergency calls to 911.

PHOTO: Council Member Cecil Thomas, Craig Lapasky, Karla Williams, Donielle Woodall, Joel Estes and Council Member Wendell Young celebrate the center’s award.