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NO. R-33. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO ENHANCED 9-1-1 VOLUNTEERS.

(J.R.H. 25)

Offered by:Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Bohi of Hartford, Kreitzer of Rutland City and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, the Vermont General Assembly has enacted legislation to establish a

state-of-the-art emergency response system that is known as Enhanced 9-1-1, and

Whereas, the development and implementation of Enhanced 9-1-1 is premised on local municipal initiative and the dedicated efforts of hundreds of Vermonters, and

Whereas, there are now 250 local coordinators who serve as volunteer liaisons between their home municipalities and the Enhanced 9-1-1 Board, and

Whereas, these coordinators have in turn recruited hundreds of additional volunteers, and

Whereas, the groundwork laying stage of the Enhanced 9-1-1 implementation is the most labor intensive, yet these volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours of their time, and

Whereas, hundreds of these 9-1-1 volunteers also serve in other public safety and search and rescue organizations, and

Whereas, without these volunteers’ services the implementation of the Enhanced 9-1-1 system would not be possible, and

Whereas, in the future, many lives will be saved due to these volunteers’ essential contributions to Enhanced 9-1-1, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly with much appreciation, and in recognition of the extraordinary personal sacrifices that are being made on a daily basis, thanks the many Enhanced 9-1-1 volunteers for the very special role that they are playing to improve the health and safety of all Vermonters, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Enhanced 9-1-1 Board.