PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, February 17, 2017
There are only a few hours left to submit your proposal for APCO's Annual Public Safety Broadband Summit, taking place May 16-17, 2017, in Washington, DC. We invite technology experts, policy leaders, industry partners, wireless service providers and public safety communications professionals to help further the discussion on a number of timely issues. All presentations must be vendor-neutral, non-marketing, informative and educational.
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APCO scholarships provide funds that may be used for professional development and career advancement to Full, Associate and Agency Group APCO Members. Funds may be used for all APCO Institute courses, as well as the Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) and Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Programs. Scholarship funds for APCO Institute courses and programs – including the RPL and CPE programs – will be available at the time of registration. Up to $500 of a scholarship award may be applied to travel and/or living expenses to attend an APCO International educational event, including APCO's Annual Conference & Expo. APCO scholarship applications are accepted January 1 to March 31.

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We're asking you again to submit your stories during the lead-up to NPSTW 2017 – April 9-15, 2017. Tell us what means the most to you about being a telecommunicator. Tell us of a day you can't forget. Share how you recognize and support each other during NPSTW and all through the year. All who submit stories by April 16, 2017, will be entered into a random drawing for one of five $20 Visa gift cards.
You asked, we listened! Many new items that you asked for have been added to the online APCO Store. Show your APCO pride in our new winter apparel or pick up something before heading to conference this year in Denver.
TDM Transition to Ethernet for Public Safety With Cybersecurity in Mind
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Social Media and Public Safety Communications: The Positive and the Negative
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Amanda Bredstrup, Senior Processor
As the Senior Processor in APCO'S AFC department, Amanda works closely with AFC’s network of local advisors performing public safety frequency coordination. She trains new local advisors in the most current standards for public safety coordination in VHF, UHF and 800 MHz. She also conducts continuing education training for all local advisors on an annual basis. Amanda has been actively involved with Regional Planning Committee (RPC) administrative duties such as travel planning, conducting surveys, planning webinars and conference calls, processing reimbursement requests, and updating the National Regional Planning Council (NRPC) website and collateral materials.
Dave Saffel began his public safety communications career with the West Virginia State Police as a chief technician for 14 counties of the state in April 1977. In 1992, he became the chief engineer of the agency and still serves in that capacity. In 2000, he also graduated from Fairmont State University with a bachelor's degree in Business.
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Joe Trowbridge was a Past President of the Texas Chapter of APCO and an APCO International Life Member. He retired as a Communications Inspector for the Texas Department of Public Safety with over 35 years of service.
Industry News
The Daytona Beach News-Journal For three hours Friday morning, Volusia County, Florida Sheriff Mike Chitwood was on the other side of the police radio. This is the first time Chitwood has had a large communications center under his command and he wants to know what it's like to be in the shoes of the men and women who work 12-hour shifts dispatching calls to law enforcement officers and firefighters, as well as taking calls from a distressed public.
Urgent Communications Device-based hybrid solutions that utilize Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals appear to be the most promising to help locate people using a cell phone to call 9-1-1 from inside buildings within dense urban environments, according to initial results from the 911 Location Technologies Test Bed.
Inside Edition A rookie 9-1-1 call taker coolly talked a father through the delivery of his own son. Katie Farber had only worked seven shifts at California’s Ventura County Fire Department, but she knew exactly what to do when a nervous dad called for help.
Inner Circle Corona A grateful couple was reunited with members of the Corona (Calif.) Police and Fire Department, including a dispatcher who walked the woman through vital steps to save her husband's life during cardiac arrest.
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