LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) –When you call 911, you expect police or paramedics will respond to your problem quickly.
But what goes into getting them where they need to be?
Students in Lowndes County found out this week.
They met first responders and got an up close look at what happens after a 9-1-1 call is made.
Students got to see first responders and some of the tools they use on the job like the "jaws of life" and a laser police use to detect speeders. First responders hope the demonstrations help teach kids what to do in an emergency.
"What we doe is educate the kids on when to use 9-1-1 and what type of services are available when they call 9-1-1," said Valdosta Police Officer Vernotis Williams.
"If there's a fireman coming in your house you should not be afraid of him that he's just trying to protect you and that you should always not be scared," said Hahira Elementary student Chief Ogundu.
They also got to tour the 9-1-1 center and see how calls were dispatched.
Five hundred fifty calls for service are handled by the 9-1-1 center. They have dispatch responsibilities for about 25 agencies in Echols and Lowndes Counties.
"Even when we're asking questions we've already got people responding," said 911 Director Danny Weeks.
This week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This is the time people across the nation place honor the men and women telecommunicators who work to save lives.