A new bill that is being pushed through would classify officially emergency dispatchers as first responders under Illinois code. The proposal, from State Senator Neil Anderson and Representative Dan Swanson would go a long way towards recognizing the hard work that goes into being a dispatcher. State Senator Anderson says most people don’t even realize how much dispatchers go through.
Senator Anderson says that Senate Bill 3127 would amend various laws to include dispatchers in reference to first responders, which would give them the same recognition as police, firefighters, and medics.
Senate Bill 3127 recently passed out of the Senate Licensed Activities Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. If it passes there it will head to the house. Representative Swanson says he will carry the bill if it gets that far.