PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, March 5, 2021

All webinars are free to APCO members and worth one CDE. If you can't attend the live sessions, register anyway to gain access to the recorded webinars.

The presenters will demonstrate how mobile broadband and the FirstNet verified app ‘Bridge4PS’ provided agencies across the state with the situational awareness they needed for full interoperability. In addition, a demonstration of the Visual Labs app will show a cost-effective means of getting eyes-on-the-scene when separated from an encounter.

Webinars sponsored by FirstNet Built with AT&T


We reached out to women in public safety leadership roles to discuss the challenges they’ve faced and provide advice for future leaders. In the coming months, APCO will highlight these interviews online and in our publications.  

Jeryl Lynn Brown Anderson, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, Orange County Emergency Services

Anderson has worked in public safety communications for 36 years and has been a member of APCO since 1995. She currently serves as a NC Chapter of APCO Education Advisory Member and on the APCO International Standards Committee. 

Read more about how Anderson got involved in this industry and her advice for other female leaders.


Fundamentals of Tactical Dispatch in the APCO Virtual Classroom is almost full. Register now for the course taking place March 25-26. The cost is $369 for APCO members and $389 for all others.

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW), April 11-17, we are offering you the chance to win $100 for your agency. Submit your public safety superhero stories on the NPSTW website to let us know who inspires you in or out of the ECC! 
Learn more about the contest and contest rules on the website and start voting now. The deadline to enter the contest is April 19.

June 8  |  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Cybersecurity Fundamentals for the ECC provides information that all ECC practitioners need to know to safeguard their agency against cybersecurity attacks. Taught by cybersecurity experts and ECC professionals in real-time, this interactive one-day session addresses the anatomy of a cyberattack, signs of an ongoing cyberattack and mitigation techniques.
Register now

Comtech Safety & Security Technologies
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Sign up for a one-hour personalized demo on IntelliComm® March 22-26. Learn more about features including configurable guidecards for police, fire and EMD; on-demand dispatching; and a unique supervisor dashboard. Schedule online or contact Shellie Johnson at or (386) 322-2500.

On March 1 and 2, APCO and other stakeholders met with representatives of the offices of Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel and Commissioners Carr and Starks to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to pause approval of new unlicensed devices in the 6 GHz band until real-world testing is conducted to evaluate the risk of interference to public safety and critical infrastructure communications. As background, last year the FCC adopted rules to permit hundreds of millions of new unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band, which is heavily used by public safety agencies across the country. Since then, the FCC has approved several devices to begin operating in the band, despite evidence that they can cause harmful interference. APCO and others stated that real-world testing is necessary and reasonable before additional devices are introduced.
Eventide Inc
Industry News
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Communications specialists Sami Pohl and Erica Snyder began hosting the podcast, “How To: 911,” in April 2020. It’s described on Spotify as “first-first responders, 911 operators, who just want to save lives and help people.”
Fox 8
Marra Wargo put her experience working in a veterinarian clinic to use when a caller sought life-saving help for a pet.
Greely Tribune
Unless the phones are properly configured, the state's new IP-based technology may delay calls to 9-1-1. It could send them to the wrong emergency communications center or send incorrect location information.
Mass Live
Officials predict that the $900,000 facility will improve efficiency by reducing miscommunication and service delays.
Watson Consoles
Insider NJ
Mark Boyd talked the father and a patrol officer through the delivery. The healthy 5-pound, 10-ounce baby girl arrived 10 minutes after the 9-1-1 call.
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