A plaque was presented to staff from the Lake EMS and Sumter EMS Communications Centers on behalf of the Lake-Sumter Fire Chief’s Association in recognition of National Telecommunicators Week 2016.
By Elira Benavari – Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
TAVARES — When an emergency occurs, Lake residents can dial 911 and immediately receive a response from a trained individual who will bring help as soon as possible.
This week, more than 120 professional public-safety communicators in Lake received a pat on the back for the difficult job they do as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Chief Morgan presented plaques on behalf of the Lake-Sumter Fire Chiefs’ Association to honor their respective Communications Center staff during the week of April 13-19, 2014. This is the time frame designated by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International as National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week when communication centers around the United States recognize the invaluable contributions that EMS, police and fire telecommunicators and dispatchers make by being the first responders to emergency calls from citizens.
Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop, one of Central Florida’s longest serving firefighters and fire chiefs, was recently installed as the Lake County representative and board member of the Central Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association.
Bishop became a firefighter for the Clermont Fire Department in 1971, the same year that the country’s voting age was lowered to 18 and Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. Bishop was following in his father’s shoes and often was the lone firefighter responding to fires. Just three years later, he was named assistant chief. He has held a chief officer position in the Clermont Fire Department for 40 years.