ABILENE, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1090 this week which will officially classify telecommunication specialists as first responders.

A first responder is someone who has to make quick decisions which includes... Firefighters, ems and law enforcement officers.

Dispatchers also offer lifesaving work- and come September 1 will be reclassified from administrative to protective services.

“im really excited that we are actually being classified as first responders because we are the 'first' first responders before anyone gets to the scene, we might not have the physical aspect of being a first responder but we have the mental aspect" said Mercedes Newport, Abilene Dispatch.