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Friday, February 02, 2018
Heading to Nashville This Month
Attend this intensive day-long event, where attendees will learn important information on cybersecurity, Next Generation 9-1-1, mobile apps and the big-picture challenges facing PSAPs with changes in technology. This training will help attendees educate their teams, conduct secure operations and manage new technologies.

Nashville, Tennessee
February 15, 2018
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Visit our new website, created to honor the 50th anniversary of 9-1-1 on February 16 as well as the many who have served as public safety telecommunicators during that time. Browse the timeline of key dates and events, read about APCO’s vision of the future, then let us know how your job has changed alongside public safety communications.
APCO International is pleased to announce that 13 individuals have earned the Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) designation, following completion of the culminating course, a two-week capstone seminar at APCO Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. Continue
At its January Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to improve Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) that will make our communities safer and improve public safety operations around the country. By November 30, 2019, participating wireless service providers must deliver WEA messages to an area that matches the target area specified by the alert originator, with no more than 0.1 mile overshoot, and enable cellphones to preserve alert messages for at least 24 hours after the alert is issued.

The FCC’s decision follows a successful advocacy campaign in which APCO collaborated with other public safety stakeholders to negotiate with the wireless industry and ultimately encourage the FCC to adopt WEA improvements on a more aggressive timeline than the industry’s proposal of 36 months. In the lead-up to the FCC’s vote, APCO made detailed recommendations to tighten the geo-targeting requirements that were largely incorporated into the final rules. This is a good outcome for public safety, and APCO looks forward to continued collaboration with emergency alert stakeholders and the wireless industry to ensure we’re leveraging the best available technology to protect the public.
We had an overwhelming number of submissions last year, so we’ve decided to do it again! APCO is asking you to create the design for the APCO 2018 conference T-shirt. From the designs submitted, APCO will select the top three for you to vote on and the winning design will be printed on the back of the conference T-shirt. Learn more
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John Mistro, P25 Support Specialist
John has over 30 years of experience in technologies and systems that support public safety communications. He spent 30 years at Motorola Solutions. John's background includes system design and requirements development for Project 25 radio systems. System definition work included the areas of conventional and trunked radio systems, analog and digital simulcast systems, and the Inter-RF SubSystem Interface (ISSI). Prior to working for Motorola Solutions, John attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
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Patricia Alana Warren passed away in her home January 29, 2018. She served her community as a Utah Transit Police dispatcher, and as a 9-1-1 operator in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
Industry News
Fauquier Now Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office Communications Manager Joell Kight is among 44 professionals who have completed APCO’s Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program.
Mission Critical Communications Social media monitoring, lack of policies and even citizen intervention complicate emergency response.
ABC7 WJLA A 9-1-1 dispatcher guided a Montgomery County, Md., woman through CPR after she reported a medical emergency at a home where firefighters discovered high levels of carbon monoxide. The Brazos County (Tex.) Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and the City of Richmond, Virginia, all recently announced their subscription to FirstNet in order to improve first responder communication.
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