Parker and Lone Tree Dispatch Centers Implement 9-1-1 Program for Kids
Every year, hundreds of thousands of calls are received at 9-1-1 centers across the country. The Parker/Lone Tree dispatch center has received over 7,000 calls this year, with many of these callers being young children who may be frightened and alone. Unfortunately, they are also unfamiliar with what to do and say once they have reached the 9-1-1 dispatch center.
With the growing need to educate children about 9-1-1, there has been a program created called “9-1-1 for Kids.” 9-1-1 for Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based out of California whose mission is to teach children how to save lives and property through the proper use of the 9-1-1 emergency numbers.
The program was implemented in the Parker and Lone Tree communities in January 2006 and has been received with much enthusiasm.The goal of the program is to teach all of the young children in the Parker and Lone Tree areas about the importance of 9-1-1 and how to use it if they have in an emergency. Children have the opportunity to practice calling 9-1-1 on a simulator designed for this program as well as watch a short “edu-tainment” video in which Red E. Fox takes four children on a fast-paced and fun-filled adventure, with stops at Telephone University, the 9-1-1: “Yes” or “No” Quiz Show, a 9-1-1- Communications Center and the 9-1-1 Hall of Heroes. Following the program, children will be provided information to take home and discuss with their families, as well as multiple goodies.
The program is typically geared toward ages Pre-K to second grade, however it can be geared towards seniors in a roundtable discussion format.Please help with this effort to educate the children in the community by scheduling a FREE presentation for your classroom, community or neighborhood organization! Contact the Parker Police Department at 303.841.9800 to schedule a class or for more information.