PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, November 15, 2019

Speaking at an APCO conference provides you an opportunity to share your knowledge with thousands of attendees and network with industry peers. For some people, the idea of speaking to that size audience keeps them from submitting a proposal. The good news is that, once a proposal is accepted, APCO members and staff invest a considerable amount of time to ensure all speakers are set up for success. You've got nothing to lose and a lot to share! Submit your proposal before December 19 to speak at APCO 2020 taking place August 2-5 in Orlando. 


LMR to LTE: Best Practices to Ensure Ongoing Public Safety Interoperability
Wednesday, November 20 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Steve Devine, Director of Strategy & Policy, AT&T FirstNet Program, will provide an update on the ongoing LMR to LTE transition in the public safety industry. He will also discuss the many benefits associated with implementing LMR to LTE, the variety of ways to establish LMR to LTE push-to-talk and new products that can make the transition easier for agencies operating any type of radio system. Sponsored by FirstNet Built with AT&T.

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Retired Austin Radio Frequency coordinator Kenneth C. Yoder, 86, passed away Nov. 7. He served as an APCO frequency adviser for more than 30 years and received the APCO Senior member and Life Member designations. 
Industry News
Bloomberg Businessweek
Telecommunicators at the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Montgomery, Texas, field emergency calls and coordinate emergency response emanating from satellite phones and GPS trackers almost anywhere in the world.
Brenna Parson, a Marion County telecommunicator, assisted the mother of a 1-year-old in performing CPR after the baby fell under water in a bathtub and stopped breathing.
Abby Howard was in line to pay for school supplies when one of her fellow shoppers collapsed. That’s when she sprang into action performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
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Jeff Bratcher, chief technology and operations officer with FirstNet, said that right now, FirstNet, with AT&T’s help, is driving ahead some of the products and features that public safety personnel have asked for in the network. The FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab was created to test devices and applications before their deployment in the field.
NBC Connecticut
Glen Riffe instructed the caller to prepare for the delivery and to ensure that the baby, who was born six minutes after the 9-1-1 call came in and shortly before the arrival of first responders, could breath.
GetWireless, LLC
Lincoln Journal Star
Public safety telecommunicators Becky Bliven, Allison Schultze and Michael Binder were among 10 recognized by the Nebraska group.
Bay Today
A California telecommunicator demonstrated why they follow up on hang-ups and accidental calls by continuing to try to reach a caller until police broke down the door and found a person in medical distress.
Star & Enterprise
Veteran Marion County (South Carolina) telecommunicator Lakisha V. Grant was recognized for daily performance as a mentor and leader and for her loyalty. “You would be hard-pressed to find a young woman more dedicated to the love of emergency telecommunications,” said Assistant Director Amanda Snipes.
Bristol Herald Courier
When Jessica Donihe got no response after repeated questions, she redialed the number several times until she was able to determine a location, to which she sent officers. The responders arrived as a woman attempted to hang herself.
MPR News
Inside the Ramsey County ECC more than 100 telecommunicators, dispatchers and supervisors field almost 1 million calls each year.
New Orleans City Business
The expanded emergency communications center is slated to include more operations space, a bunking area, training and simulation space, improved technology and a childcare facility. The project is expected to cost between $15 million and $25 million.
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