The Monett Police Department's communications center will be open for public viewing on Friday, April 13, as part of National Telecommuncator Week, which runs April 9 through April 13.
The city's communications center is located at the Justice Center, 1901 E. Cleveland (Business Highway 60).
The center's public safety dispatchers has handled more than 23,000 requests for service, and more than 3,500 of those calls were on the emergency 911 lines. The city's 911 center area of coverage includes the City of Monett in both Lawrence and Barry counties, plus Freistatt. Calls going through cell phone towers within the area also come to Monett's communications center.
Dispatching services are provided for a number of services, including: Monett police, fire and city utilities; Monett Rural fire; Pierce City police and fire; Pierce City Rural fire; Freistatt fire; and the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District.
Dispatchers are responsible for activating tornado warnings for Monett, Pierce City and Freistatt.
The communications center employees seven full-time communications officers, two reserve communications officers, a communications supervisor and a director.
Monett residents will be able to tour the center during the open house from 2 to 6 p.m. on April 13. They can meet and talk with some of the communications officers and obtain brochures on 911 and emergency preparedness.
A 911 tele-trainer phone will be available for children to test their 911 skills. A drawing will also be held to give away two weather radios, donated by the Walmart store in Monett.
For more information about the communications center of the week's events, call Bonnie Witt-Schulte, 911 director, at 235-4241.