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Released: 4/10/2023 

The DRPA Honors the Men and Women in Public Safety Communications who “Answer the Call” Every Day

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) proudly recognizes public safety telecommunications staff during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (NPSTW).

NPSTW is held annually during the second week of April to honor public safety telecommunications staff across the county for their commitment, service, and sacrifice. All 911 centers are crucial to emergency response operations and provide critical, life-saving emergency services to the public.

DRPA has a team of dedicated professionals in its Central Communications Department that provides 24/7/365 service. The staff answers calls and dispatches emergency responders and operations staff to DRPA bridges and PATCO stations as necessary. They handle more than 100,000 requests for assistance annually, ranging from medical emergencies onboard trains to motorists with disabled vehicles. In addition, they assist DRPA police officers with searching databases, verifying information, and relaying details officers need to make informed decisions in the field.

To end the week, the iconic Ben Franklin Bridge will be illuminated in yellow Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, to salute and thank public safety communications staff at the DRPA and nationwide.

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