Sussex County EOC to host 19th annual 9-1-1 Awareness Day

GEORGETOWN — Each week, millions of Americans tune in to popular television shows to see 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders in make-believe action.

But it doesn’t take a DVR and Hollywood magic to see the real heroes at work here in Sussex County.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center will host its 19th annual 9-1-1 Awareness Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the public safety complex located at 21911 Rudder Lane, near Georgetown.

The event initially was to be held Thursday, Oct. 11 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather in the forecast.

The event will give the public a behind-the-scenes look at the real drama that plays out at the center and in the public safety realm 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This year’s event will feature a fun and information-filled day of safety demonstrations and emergency vehicles on display, from police K-9s subduing pretend perpetrators to fire trucks, EMS units, and police units.

The event is free and open to the public.

The event is held each year to give the public a better understanding of how the 911 center operates, as well as give citizens a glimpse into how police, firefighters, medical personnel and emergency dispatchers work each day to save lives.

The event also attracts hundreds of fifth-grade students from throughout the county, who spend the day watching and taking part in demonstrations that reinforce safety and preparedness.

In addition to tours of the 911 center, displays and activities will include the Delaware State Police K-9 team, Blades Fire Company Safety House, Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, Delaware State Fire School, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

In addition, there will be more than a dozen police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, paramedic units, and county ands mobile command centers on display.

The event is sponsored by Sussex County and the Delaware State Police, which jointly operate the 911 center.

For more information, contact George Bixby at 542-6285 or Dennis Swain at 855-2980.


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