Summit County 911 Public Education

Any child above the age of four can be a 911 hero when taught to call 911 for a life or property threatening emergency. We go out into our community to encourage children to call us if they witness a police, fire, or medical emergency even if there is no able bodied adult present to call us. There are four things we need of any caller, including the address, name, phone number and nature of the emergency, and kids are able to supply this information, too!

Summit County Dispatch staffs every public safety education event in Summit County hoping to outreach to our youth with our mission and objectives.

There are several opportunities that Summit County Dispatch takes each year to teach our young community members about the proper use of 911. We invite you to come to any of these events and meet the dispatchers and let us teach your children how to save a life with one simple phone call.

  • Safe Summer Kickoff! Come to the Silverthorne Elementary School on June 5, 2010 from 11am until 2pm to meet your public safety responders, dispatchers, and enter raffles for bike helmet, bike and fishing pole give-aways!
  • Summit County Health Fair Summit County Government hosts not for profit agencies and private vendors to share the many health related services available in Summit County.
  • Fire Prevention Week Open House Come to your local fire house (publicized in October) to meet the emergency responders and dispatchers in your local neighborhood. Dinner will be provided, and take home lots of free treats that remind your kids how to handle emergency situations.
  • Second Grade Classroom Visits Summit County Dispatch visits every second grade classroom in Summit County to discuss 911. We talk about the four golden questions, show a kid-friendly video on how the 911 process works, and practice calling 911. We remind kids of the importance of memorizing their home address, phone number, and their parents' cell phone numbers.
  • English as a Second Language Classes at Colorado Mountain College We teach non-English speakers about the 911 network of services and how the immediate translation process works.

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