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PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, October 21, 2016
The application deadline for the Winter 2017 session of the Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program has been extended until Monday, October 31. Few seats remain, so don’t wait to submit your application. The session begins January 4, 2017. For more information or assistance with the application process, contact CPE Program Coordinator, Tim Scanlon, at (386) 944-2486.
APCO’s efforts to reclassify Public Safety Telecommunicators as Protective Service Occupations involved a major grassroots campaign by APCO’s members and supporters. Thank you for joining the fight.

Formal comments poured into OMB (the federal office overseeing the reclassification process) from all 50 states, detailing thousands of examples of the protective service and lifesaving work Public Safety Telecommunicators perform every day. OMB received comments from PSAPs large and small, rural and urban; telecommunicators new to the field and with decades of experience; as well as from managers, directors, first responders, chiefs, and sheriffs, all sharing stories like talking callers through CPR, first aid, or childbirth, protecting first responders, instructing callers how to remain safe, and negotiating with suicidal callers or hostage-takers.

Members and supporters also sent thousands of letters to Congress raising awareness and urging their senators and members of the Congressional Next Generation 9-1-1 Caucus to support the reclassification of Public Safety Telecommunicators. Letters were sent to all 100 U.S. Senators and nearly every House member of the Caucus.

You can read more about APCO’s efforts in this press release and in the November/December issue of PSC magazine. You can also read APCO’s latest formal comments.

Now that the formal comment opportunity has ended, federal officials plan to review public comments and announce final recommendations in Spring 2017. APCO will continue to closely monitor any new developments and keep you posted. This will remain a priority for APCO until the federal officials get it right.
The APCO Institute has launched a new Illuminations program designed specifically for CTOs and other individuals interested in topics related to training. CTO Illuminations – like the General and EMD Illuminations programs – is an annual subscription-based offering that allows users to explore a variety of topics online and to earn 12 CDEs annually. Registration is now open for CTO Illuminations, which begins in January. For more information.
APCO’s Emerging Technology Forum is taking place November 1-2 in Seattle, Wash., bringing together industry leaders to discuss technologies that are on the horizon and address the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of public safety communications. View the full program.
David Savolainen graduated with honors from Michigan Technological University and has been an electrical engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the following 17 years.
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Government Technology The Aloha state is the seventh to implement text-to-9-1-1, following Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Indiana, North Dakota and New Jersey. While texting to report an emergency is now available, officials said calling 9-1-1 dispatchers is more efficient because location information is more readily available to emergency responders than it is via text.
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