PSC eNews Weekly
Thursday December 30, 2021

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On December 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the appeals of APCO and others (with one exception) of the FCC’s order that permits unlicensed (e.g. Wi-Fi) devices to share the 6 GHz band that public safety uses to support 9-1-1 and first responder communications. While federal review courts typically accord the FCC deference, we are of course disappointed because we remain concerned that new unlicensed devices will cause harmful interference to public safety communications. APCO will consider its additional options in court and continue to actively work directly with the FCC to ensure that public safety operations are protected.


APCO has issued a call for participation for working group members to participate in the development of a candidate standard for Supplemental Emergency Responder Recommendations. This standard will address how emergency communication centers can incorporate call taking processes currently in place to adapt to the use of alternative responders, such as social workers, psychiatrists or other locally designated alternatives for non-violent situations.
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APCO’s Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program is a professional development program for those in the emergency communications industry who are interested in developing exceptional management and supervisory skills. APCO is now taking applications for programs beginning in 2022.
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Eventide Inc
Silent Key
Charles F. English, 94, a lifetime APCO member, passed away November 5 in Caray, North Carolina. English worked in public safety communications for the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and he was an APCO member for over 40 years. English served as APCO president 1984-1985 and he belonged to the North Carolina chapter.
Industry News
Fox 17
Public Safety Telecommunicator Samantha Ritchie of the Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority fielded the call from the precocious 5-year-old who rescued her mother from a diabetes-related attack.
The Times
The telecommunicators delivered bags of needed supplies including gloves, hats, toiletries and food before Christmas at multiple camps in the area, said Communications Coordinator Leigh Stallings-Wood.
AP News
Stephanie Herrin, of the Fort Payne (Alabama) Police Department, and her daughter were left homeless and bereft of possessions after the fire, but community members came to their aid.
CBS 2 Idaho News
Keema Wilkinson assisted the couple by phone when the baby appeared with little advanced warning, and Wilkinson earned her first stork pin.
Branson News
Mason Patrick was named dispatcher of the year, Danielle Munro won dispatcher supervisor of the year and Dallas Spragg won the directors award.
TC Communications
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