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PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, March 02, 2018
We are pleased to announce that the draft agenda has been published for this year’s Broadband Summit taking place May 1-2, in Arlington, VA. Details on speakers and session descriptions will be added soon, and stay tuned for keynote speaker announcements. For more information
 
During APCO’s Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program, you’ll become part of a network of public safety communications professionals who share a commitment to developing their executive leadership abilities and to guiding our industry forward through the challenges of today and tomorrow. The next CPE sessions begin July 4, 2018, and January 2, 2019. Space is limited, so don’t wait to apply. For more information
 
On February 26, 2018, U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D - NY), Peter King (R – NY), and Lee Zeldin (R - NY) co-sponsored a bill, the "Don’t Break up the T-Band Act" (H.R. 5085), that would repeal current law requiring the Federal Communications Commission to auction public safety spectrum in the T-Band (470-512 MHz) by February 21, 2021, and clear public safety operations from that band within 2 years of auction close. Where the T-Band is available, public safety agencies depend on this spectrum to carry out day-to-day, mission-critical communications. APCO supports this bill because it is a common-sense measure that would preserve access to this needed spectrum resource.
 
APCO presents awards to celebrate individuals and groups that have exemplified outstanding job performance. Nomination period ends April 1. For more information.

PSAP Awards
Designed to recognize public safety communications personnel who have demonstrated the highest levels of personnel and professional conduct and performance in the line of duty.

Technology Leadership Award

Designed to recognize communication centers in two categories based on the size of the agency for their use of technological advancement and demonstrated benefit to their employees and the citizens they serve.

Submit a nomination.
 
What are you planning for NPSTW 2018? Share your ideas on our NPSTW website and see how others have celebrated. As in previous years, we are also collecting your stories about being a telecommunicator – the tough calls, the saves, the amazing people you work with. Those who contribute to either collection by April 15 will be entered into a random drawing for one of five $20 Visa gift cards.
 
AFC will be exhibiting next week at IWCE 2018 from March 7 to March 8 in Booth 2242. Come see us and bring your licensing and/or frequency coordination questions.

AFC Training Session
AFC will conduct a training session, "Spectrum, Licensing and Frequency Coordination," next Tuesday, March 6, in conjunction with the IWCE 2018 Conference. The presentation will take place from 8:30 to 1130 a.m. in room N220E at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. View a brief description.
 
Stephen P. Martini has an immersive knowledge of public safety communications work, from frontline to management. In 2004, Martini started as a telecommunicator with the City of Chattanooga before assisting with consolidation efforts on the training staff with the Hamilton County Emergency Communications District. In 2013, Steve served as the first civilian director of emergency communications in Brentwood, TN, where he worked until 2016, when he was selected as the director to oversee the consolidation of two PSAPs, creating the Williamson County Unified Department of Emergency Communications. Steve has served with APCO as an adjunct instructor since September 2015.
 
Silent Key
We have learned that Ron Haraseth passed away on February 23 in the company of his wife Judy, son Ben and family. Ron reportedly had suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week, was airlifted to Spokane, and later transferred to hospice care.
 
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APCO International has filed a Project Initiation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has issued a call for participation for writing group members to participate in the revision of the APCO ANS standard for Public Safety Communications Common Incident Types for Data Exchange.
 
Newark Advocate Ja’Ney Stoolfire was named 9-1-1 dispatcher of the year for uncovering clues from a covert call by a man being held hostage.
 
CALEA
Mission Critical Communications New FCC rules allowing commercial cellular licensees to use more power may introduce more 800 MHz interference cases.
 
The Washington Post Apple says it is trying to put a stop to the calls that represent a nuisance to 9-1-1 dispatchers who must take time away from real emergencies and may be distracted by the accidental calls.
 
ABC Action News The county has to handle 790,000 calls in a year while they have 30 vacancies. Officials are considering using an outside company whose nurses would deal with minor medical emergencies.
 
Atos North America
 
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