PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, July 21, 2017
APCO has continued making senior-level contacts within the Administration and Congress to raise the importance of appropriate recognition of 9-1-1 professionals as "Protective Service Occupations" in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). In a recent procedural development, on July 10, the Senate confirmed Neomi Rao to serve as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the segment of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) responsible for revising the SOC. OMB staff has indicated that the review of public input is ongoing and a final decision is still expected for this summer. APCO remains vigilant and will continue to pursue the right outcome for public safety telecommunicators.
APCO International is pleased to announce that the following individuals have successfully completed the Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program. A graduation ceremony was held July 20 at APCO headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.
APCO's new event, Envision: The Future of Public Safety Communications, is a one-day meeting taking place on October 12, for managers and executives looking to get quickly up to speed on the very latest and most relevant topics to prepare for the future of emergency communications. Visit for more information.
Alison Pankowski, Administrative Support Coordinator
Alison started out as a temp for APCO International in November 2010, joining the technology & support operations team as a full time employee January 24, 2011. Her position keeps her very busy and covers a vast array of duties, some of which include overseeing APCO’s shipping and receiving, overseeing building maintenance for APCO’s headquarters, assisting the administration and IT departments and the ordering all departments’ supplies. Recently she played a large part in the creation of the new online APCO Apparel Store.

When Alison is away from APCO, she spends time with her two little fur babies Noah and Ryle.  She likes to garden, mow the lawn, take walks, check out the flea market, go to garage sales and spend time with her family.

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Industry News
Los Alamos Daily Post Dispatch is a world rarely seen by members of the public – "There's the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters. Dispatchers are the thin gold line. They are the glue that holds it all together," says Kate Stoddard, manager of the Consolidated Dispatch Center in Los Alamos County, New Mexico.
PR Newswire Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia and Wyoming are the first five states to join the FirstNet network. This is the first-ever nationwide broadband network and technology ecosystem being delivered by FirstNet and AT&T to specifically meet the communications needs of America's public safety community. "This has been a momentous week for the FirstNet network," said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth.
Daily Yonder Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn tells a rural connectivity summit in Ohio that Washington, D.C., decision makers need to hear from them. Now. "The fight for affordable and available communications services requires all hands-on deck."
Tait Communications
CNBC Apple has invented a more discreet way to call emergency services with a touch, aimed at helping users evade potential attackers. A patent granted on Tuesday depicted technology that would sense the "manner" in which a finger touched the iPhone screen to trigger a 9-1-1 call.
EMS News A child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being unattended in a hot vehicle. These tragedies are 100 percent preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Safe Kids Worldwide are asking for help to raise awareness about the danger of heatstroke to kids in cars through social media conversation this summer.
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