PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, December 11, 2015

In response to the approval of new standards for public safety telecommunicators (PST) and PST instructors, APCO has updated its PST1 and PST1 Instructor courses. The new 7th edition courses replace the current 6th edition of the classes. For more information

With only a few weeks left to submit your proposal, take some time and ask yourself:
* Are you a public safety communications industry leader?
* Do you have a unique solution you want to share?
* Have you recently implemented an innovative idea?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, you should be part of APCO 2016's educational program. For more information.


The NG9-1-1 Institute is seeking nominations for the 2016 9-1-1 Honor Awards. The awards will honor individuals or groups who have shown dedication, heroism, or leadership as described in one of six (6) categories for the period of November 1, 2014 – December 10, 2015. The categories are: Citizen in Action, Government Leader, 9-1-1 Public Safety Professional, 9-1-1 Industry Professional, Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center/Program, and NG9-1-1 Awareness. Nominations are due January 15, 2016, and awards will be presented at the 13th Annual 9-1-1 Honor Awards Reception in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 2016. More information and the nomination form can be found here.

Industry News
The Board of Directors for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) voted to approve the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction, maintenance and improvement of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).
The Cincinnati Emergency Communications Center, Ohio, has met the minimum training standards for the APCO International Agency Training Program and has been awarded certification as of November 24, 2015.
ExecutiveGov FirstNet said it appointed Jeff King and Steven Smith as area leads, Lori Stone and Michael Varney as regional leads, as well as Tiffany Perry and Charlotte Whitacre as federal coordinators in the user advocacy team.
Emergency Management Experiences can haunt first responders, but those who help others might not seek help in coping with tragedy themselves. Representative Louie Gohmert filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday that would expand on a Texas law requiring that anyone dialing 9-1-1 would immediately reach emergency personnel.
Queen Creek Independent Traffic signals in places like Queen Creek, Ariz., are now being designed to allow traffic signal preemption for emergency vehicles.
Operator-billed mobile roaming revenues are expected to experience a marked decline in 2017 as new EU regulations come into force, according to a new study from Juniper Research.
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