PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, March 26, 2021

The recipients of the prestigious 2021 Public Safety Communications Leadership in Policy Awards will be honored virtually this year during an online awards celebration taking place May 26. The awards celebration commemorates leaders who have made outstanding contributions to public safety communications. 
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APCO will also recognize the 2020 award winners during the celebration. Registration for the awards celebration is free and all are welcome to attend.


The deadline to apply for APCO Scholarships is 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31. Awarded funds can be used to participate in most APCO Institute courses, including the Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program
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Nominations for the PSAP and Technology Awards closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 1
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APCO’s Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program is an online training program designed for emergency communications professionals seeking to develop the leadership and management skills for successful comm center operations. Now accepting applications for the programs beginning in April and May.
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The entries are rolling in for our 'Who's Your Superhero?' contest in honor of NPSTW 2021. Check them out now and vote for your favorites. And if you haven't already, submit your own story! We want to hear who inspires you in and out of the ECC.

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On March 23, APCO filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding proposed rules to address the diversion of 9‑1‑1 fees. The FCC sought comment on the implementation of a law enacted in December 2020 that requires the FCC, among other things, to issue rules designating the acceptable uses of 9‑1‑1 fees by states and other jurisdictions that support the provision of 9‑1‑1 services. APCO reiterated that 9-1-1 fee diversion is a harmful practice that must end but explained that the higher goal is ensuring 9-1-1 has the funding it needs, regardless of whether the funding comes from fees on phone bills, state general funds or other sources. APCO suggested that, consistent with the law, the FCC focus on the extent to which 9-1-1 is underfunded and the impacts of underfunding on emergency response.


The APCO Young Professionals Committee is proud to recognize Ben Smith as this quarter's young professional spotlight. He was nominated for being a great role model to others, regardless of their age or years of service in public safety. He started as a frontline telecommunicator and is now the director of his center. Ben has helped his agency achieve APCO’s Agency Training Certification, as well as earned his own RPL and ENP certifications.

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Chandler Shatraw directed a caller to perform CPR after the caller's brother collapsed and before emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene.
The Mount Airy News
A high school senior called 9-1-1 when her 18-month-old nephew began choking. When the child quit breathing, the public safety telecommunicator instructed her to begin CPR. 
The Newtown Bee
The ECC, previously only 20-by-20 square feet, has tripled in size and received updated consoles. Public safety telecommunicators now have their own break room, bathroom and quiet room.
10 Tampa Bay
A father and son credited the public safety telecommunicator who calmly talked the son through the steps of CPR after the father suffered a heart attack.
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