PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, October 26, 2018
Recently, APCO’s Chief Counsel Jeff Cohen appeared on C-SPAN’s "The Communicators" program to discuss the current state of public safety communications and what’s needed to fully transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1). He highlighted the lifesaving work performed by public safety telecommunicators every day and in the wake of disasters; the funding, staffing and other challenges faced by 9-1-1 centers; what’s needed to achieve a federally-funded transition to NG9-1-1 that is seamlessly interoperable throughout the country; improvements in 9-1-1 location accuracy; and the progress of FirstNet.
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APCO's Emerging Technology Forum begins next Wednesday, October 31, with a breakfast at 8:00 a.m. leading into a program focused on emerging public safety communications technology. Our program kicks off with U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-14) who will speak on legislative efforts related to emergency communications. View the full program.

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On the evening of July 16, 2018, a despondent male, who wanted to harm himself, called 9-1-1 and PST Kellie Parsons with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida answered. The caller was hysterical and very difficult to understand, but Parsons learned the man had been drinking and wanted to hang himself. He was on his third floor balcony and had already placed something around his neck. For the next 41 minutes, Parsons used calming techniques and a reassuring tone of voice, and thus built a rapport with the man, eventually getting him to remove the cord from around his neck. She continually redirected the caller’s attention and helped him focus on positive aspects of his life.
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Shoshone News-Press Suzanne Evans won the Idaho APCO award for tracking a suspect fleeing from police on a chaotic chase for nearly two hours.
Waco Tribune-Herald The 30-person volunteer fire department will now be able to communicate with local police using the same 800 MHz system.
The Chillicothe Gazette Officials said the combined dispatches would allow public safety telecommunicators to operate more efficiently and the public would benefit from $462,000 in communications upgrades.
Urgent Communications The expansion of consumer devices into these bands raises fears that nearby bands devoted to utility communications will suffer interference.
News 5 Stolen IDs can be used to interfere with first responder radio traffic and to listen in on covert operations.
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