We’re delighted to confirm that we plan to make International Control Room Week an annual event.
Next year, we will celebrate from 21 – 27 October 2019 and will be opening registrations even earlier in anticipation of high demand.
What happened in 2018?
Thousands of control room staff joined together in an extraordinary celebration of their work as the unseen frontline of the emergency services.
They threw their support behind the first International Control Room Week saluting the critical role played by the 999 teams dealing with traumatic and stressful situations on a daily basis.
The week was supported by almost 200 control room operations and more than 10,000 personnel from police, ambulance, fire and coastguard services across the UK, as well as control rooms from as far afield as USA, Australia and India.
Emergency services and their staff took to social media to raise public awareness of their life-saving and life-changing work and share their personal stories of dealing with extreme emergencies.
The launch day saw hashtag #UnsungHeroes trending nationally as control room staff and supporters spread the word on social media.
Across the week, from October 22-28, almost 10,000 posts from more than 5,000 individual social media accounts were shared, achieving a total reach of over 20 million people.