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PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, March 25, 2016
For National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2016, we're collecting your stories and sharing them on the NPSTW.org website. Tell us what it's like to be the one behind the console when that call comes in – the first first responder. In gratitude for your submissions and for all you do, we will enter all who submit a story into a random drawing for one of five $20 Visa gift cards.

While you're on the website, be sure to check out the resources and tips we have made available to you.
 
APCO Institute Scholarship Program Closes: March 31
PSAP Awards Nominations Due: April 1
APCO 2016 Flash Day: April 1
Committee Sign-Up Ends: April 1
 
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Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center, S.C., has met the minimum training standards for APCO's Agency Training Program Certification and has been awarded certification as of March 15, 2016.
 
State and local 9-1-1 professionals, federal agency representatives, and other 9-1-1 stakeholders will participate in a "State of 9-1-1" webinar and question and answer session, presented by the National 9-1-1 Program, Tuesday, April 12 from 12-1 p.m. EDT.
 
IWCE’s Urgent Communications Public safety users of FirstNet will receive "most favored customer" pricing and have a uniform customer experience throughout the system, including areas served by opt-out state networks, according to the final set of answers to written questions submitted to FirstNet about its request for proposal.
 
Fierce Wireless In separate meetings with the FCC, executives from Apple and BlackBerry discussed the agency's proposal to increase the length of mobile emergency alerts from 90 characters to 360. They also debated whether those alerts should include links to websites and whether those websites would hold up under a barrage of traffic from concerned recipients.
 
Journal-News Butler County Sheriff’s Office is introducing an alternate method for county residents and businesses to reach vital emergency services. The "Text to 9-1-1" service provides wireless subscribers on major wireless carriers the ability to text a message to 9-1-1 from most areas of the county.
 
Executive Gov The First Responder Network Authority has unveiled the agency’s blog on the Tumblr social networking website as part of an effort to share information with first responders via audio, video and social media posts.
 
RCR Wireless News The "Internet of Things" is already offering benefits for private companies across the globe, but the adoption of these technologies by government institutions and agencies is also going through a rapid growth phase. The use of public safety IoT tools is one of the key implementations being adopted by governments at all levels.
 
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