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On January 13, APCO filed comments with the FCC regarding additional proposals to change the rules governing the 4.9 GHz band. As background, the FCC made drastic changes to the rules governing the 4.9 GHz band in September that permit states to lease spectrum that was previously dedicated for public safety to non-public safety users. APCO and others strongly opposed the ill-conceived September Order, and APCO filed a Petition for Reconsideration asking the FCC to reconsider the changes. In a proposal that accompanied the Order the FCC sought comment on further changes to the 4.9 GHz rules, including how to coordinate use of the band and expand states’ authority to prioritize commercial use over public safety licensees. In its comments APCO reiterated that this approach is a mistake and urged the FCC to work with public safety to chart a better path forward.
Three agencies have recently implemented the APCO Institute Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Program. With APCO EMD certification, the agencies' staffs are now specially trained to provide medical assistance to callers while emergency responders are en route. The agencies are:
Three agencies have received Agency Training Program Certification, a Project 33® Initiative, from APCO. Public safety agencies use the APCO International Agency Training Program Certification as a formal mechanism to ensure their training programs meet APCO American National Standards (ANS). The agencies are: