PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, June 5, 2020

Cyber threats are a very real issue affecting public safety agencies across the country. Recent reports have indicated an uptick in malicious cyber activity related to COVID-19. Training designed specifically for the emergency communications industry is now available through APCO’s newest course, Cybersecurity Fundamentals for the ECC, scheduled to be held on July 15, 2020, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia.

Built on the experiences of public safety cybersecurity experts and ECC professionals, this training will provide live instruction on the foundational knowledge of cyberattacks, including the anatomy of a cyberattack, signs of an ongoing cyberattack and mitigation techniques. You will also learn how to prepare for and respond to cyberattacks, and the type of data that should be protected for post-attack forensic work. Tuition: $199 for APCO members and $239 for non-members. Register


Make the most of your APCO 2020 experience. Join us in Orlando early and attend one of the two dynamic pre-conference courses being offered. 

Communications Training Officer (CTO), 5th Edition will be held July 30 – August 1, 2020. This course delivers comprehensive training for CTOs on the development and maintenance of an agency’s one-on-one training program and the guidance necessary for CTOs as they provide on the job training for new hires. 

Comprehensive Quality for Public Safety Communications will be held July 31 – August 1, 2020 and provides training and the necessary insight on the proper tools and methodologies to make a quality program a vital part of the organization. 

APCO members receive an additional $20 off the already-reduced rates when you register for either of these two courses.

Comtech Safety & Security Technologies
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure
July 15, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
Free for members; $59 for non-members
Sponsored by Motorola Solutions
In this one-hour seminar, Karen Carlson, SaaS Portfolio Offer Manager, Motorola Solutions, will discuss the benefits of moving your CAD to the cloud. From controlling agency costs to securing CAD data, moving to the cloud offers agencies new opportunities to stay ahead of the curve.

Learn how a cloud-based CAD system can help your agency:
  • Address mobility and work from home capabilities
  • Deploy new features faster
  • Manage security and agency costs
  • Offload maintenance and maximize IT resources


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Silent Key
APCO life member Emil Thomas Vogel passed away in Seneca, South Carolina, on May 25 after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Vogel retired from Motorola and was a supporter of public safety. He was very active with APCO, including as a member of the Spectrum Management Committee.
Industry News
Williamson Source
Police, fire and public safety telecommunicators were among the recipients of thank-you gift cards purchased from local businesses.
Mission Critical Communications
Incumbent licensees should ensure that site-specific information, such as coordinates and antenna height, are correct before the rules take effect. APCO has asked the FCC to repeal the new rules and to delay implementation while the petition for reconsideration is reviewed.
The Chronicle
The agency was recognized by RQI Partners and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation as a “Resuscitation Trailblazer” for its improvement of CPR assistance by telephone and for improving survival from cardiac arrest.
The county chose APCO’s IntelliComm product to upgrade its guidecard system so public safety telecommunicators can better respond to medical emergencies.
The working group will conduct a thorough analysis of the initiative to consolidate 9-1-1 services in an existing emergency center in Fairbanks and one being built in Anchorage.
5 Chicago
During the late afternoon and evening, the call rate peaked at 2,000 calls every 30 minutes as protests, looting, vandalism and violence took place throughout the city.
Watson Consoles
The Morning Journal
The automated dispatch system, being paid for with help from a recent voter-approved 9-1-1 levy, will enable police and fire departments to respond to calls more quickly and efficiently.
The Chief
The New York state legislation would make public safety telecommunicators eligible for the wages, benefits, counseling and training available to other first responders.
The Weekly Journal
Improvements will be directed toward repairs in Puerto Rico including a communications network tower as well as antennas and communications equipment.
Spectrum News 1
Telecommunicators Carrie Cline and Cindy Sullivan, who work the midnight shift for the City of Green, Ohio, have sewn and donated about 900 masks during their downtime.
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