STATEMENT BY FREEHOLDER CHRISTOPHER D. RAFANO

REGARDING 911 TRAINING FOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY

POLICE, FIRE AND E.M.S. PERSONNEL

MARCH 27, 2001

 

 

For further information:            Contact Freeholder Christopher Rafano

        (732) 257-2200 or (732) 254-7322

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

         Middlesex County has received a grant of $25,000 for the N.J. State Office of Information Technology.  Utilizing this grant, the County will be providing 911 training, free of charge, to any fulltime employees of Middlesex County Police, Fire or E.M.S. organizations.

The training, which began on March 19, 2001, will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy and includes classes on basic telecommunications, CPR, and emergency medical dispatch.  Over 100 participants have registered for these classes.  All instructors for this training have been provided by area police and E.M.S. agencies at no cost to the county, because the chiefs of the participating agencies have been able to adjust the schedules of the instructors to meet the needs of this training program.

         I am proud that the county is able to provide this training, which I believe will only enhance the already high level of competence and professionalism which the people of Middlesex County have come to expect from our 911 dispatch system for police, fire, and emergency medical services. 

         I am also pleased that this training, which will help to save life and property throughout the county, will be provided at no cost to the county property taxpayer.  The agencies, which have cooperated with us in providing this training, are to be commended and deserve the gratitude not only of the County Government, but of all the people of Middlesex County who will benefit from the results of this training program.