Saluting Gwinnett”s Public Safety Professionals

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When community leaders discuss public safety, they frequently use words such as foundation and basis of a community. Ensuring citizen safety is without a doubt a prerequisite for development and for revitalization: it is impossible to attract new businesses and investors without sufficient protection for citizens. It would be difficult for anyone to envision an optimistic future if there were serious concerns about safety for people and businesses.

Gwinnett County is very fortunate to have an extraordinary group of men and women willing to risk their lives every day to protect us and our property, as well as state-of-the-art equipment and training facilities in place to help them perform their jobs more effectively.

In Gwinnett County, all emergency services are deployed through a computer-aided dispatch system that supports our more than 850,000 residents. Our communications officers (911 dispatchers) are responsible for receiving, processing and transmitting information that enables public safety professionals to locate where an emergency has occurred and to deploy appropriate responders to the situation quickly and efficiently.

Gwinnett Technical College is a premier resource for our county”s aspiring safety professionals with its Emergency Services Education programs. Understanding that our citizens” lives depend upon their quick and skillful reactions, Emergency Medical Training (EMT) and paramedic students complete a rigorous program that combines classroom education and hands-on training to ensure they are fully prepared for any emergency situation. The criminal justice/criminology program at Georgia Gwinnett College provides future public safety professionals with a first-class educational experience that prepares them for leadership positions of increasing responsibility.

The Gwinnett County Police Training Facility is one of the nation”s leading law enforcement training centers. Recruits, who are sponsored by the police department or sheriff”s office, gain an understanding of state and local laws, as well as the most appropriate procedures for handling a wide variety of emergency scenarios. The entire program is designed to help ensure the safety of our community.

The Gwinnett Chamber is honored to have the opportunity to recognize all of our public safety professionals at our Valor Awards ceremony. This annual event pays tribute to Gwinnett”s firefighters, police, and emergency personnel, all of whom work tirelessly to protect and serve our citizens. This year”s Valor Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 26 at the Gwinnett Center.

An emergency can dramatically change one”s life in an instant. For this reason, it is essential for a community to have well-equipped and well-trained emergency personnel ready to respond to any crisis. In Gwinnett, we are indeed fortunate to have such a remarkable group of people in our service. With skilled and experienced professionals on standby every day and night, we can rest assured that, should an unfortunate incident occur, we have the very best ready to assist.

Please make the effort to thank our public safety professionals; they are the very best at what they do and an important reason Success Lives Here.

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