On January 22, a new bill was announced at a press conference by a group of public safety dispatchers from across California. Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which has been championed by Assemblymember Rudy Salas, will reclassify and recognize the efforts of public safety dispatchers as first responders. The work that public safety dispatchers provide to varying agencies is important to the ability for those agencies to invoke their respected skills. Currently, the United States government defines dispatchers as fulfilling an “administrative” vocation.
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