Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson and the fiscal court issued a proclamation on Wednesday recognizing Russell County 911 telecommunicators as first responders.Currently, telecommunicators are classified as office and administrative support occupations. The 911 Saves Act is a national bill that would reclassify 911 telecommunicators nationwide as Protective Services. It has passed the house and is being considered in the senate. Russell County 911 employs 11 telecommunicators (7 full time and 4 part time). Full time telecommunicators are required to complete an intensive five week academy through the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond. Telecommunicators also are required to receive ongoing training each year to maintain this certification. In addition, telecommunicators are certified in Telephone CPR and the Criminal Justice Information System, which houses sensitive data such as driver license, vehicle registration, criminal history, wanted persons, and more.