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Friday, January 15, 2021

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APCO's awards honor the best of the best in public safety communications. Recognize the people behind the headset with a PSAP Award, and recognize those centers that use technological advancements to benefit their center, employees and the public via the Technology Leadership Awards. Submit a nomination.


Advance your career with Silent Key and CAC Scholarships. Winners can apply the funds to APCO Institute courses, including the Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) and Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) programs. The deadline for general scholarship applications is March 31; CPE Scholarship Program applications must be received by February 15.

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Take the next step in your professional development and apply to participate in an upcoming APCO Institute leadership program. We are now accepting applications for the next Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program session in March and Class 11 of the Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program beginning July 1. Learn more.


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.

Industry News

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:

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Emergency communications centers will be able to receive pictures and videos from the emergency scene, which an industry official called “a game changer” for emergency response.
Telecommunicator Joanna Blankenship told a caller how to administer CPR to a man who had collapsed on the tennis court until paramedics arrived.
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Telecommunicator Jayson Sams spoke to a shooting victim at Western Illinois University while Telecommunicator Micheal Phelps summoned field responders to the scene.
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