PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, January 28, 2022

On January 27, APCO posted a blog describing its legislative and regulatory advocacy priorities for the new year. Among other things, APCO’s priorities include securing federal funding for Next Generation 9-1-1, correcting the federal classification of public safety telecommunicators, improving wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy, protecting public safety spectrum, improving network outage information for ECCs and supporting wellness programs in ECCs.

Comtech Safety & Security Technologies
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

We are looking for work group members to participate in two standards. One standard addresses alternate responder recommendations such as social workers, psychiatrists or other locally designated alternatives for non-violent situations. The other standard, which is a revision, provides public safety agencies with tools to assist them in planning and preparing a request for proposal (RFP) to accurately meet the needs of their center. Deadline to sign up is February 24.


APCO’s Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program is an online training program designed for emergency communications professionals seeking to develop the management skills for successful ECC operations. Now accepting applications for the February and March programs.
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Lincoln Emergency Communications Center, NE, has received APCO Agency Training Program Certification, a Project 33® Initiative. 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). 
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APCO received final approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on January 18, for revisions of two American National Standards (ANS):

The revision of these standards includes updates providing both positions with the guidance needed to enhance their skills and grow within today’s ever changing environment.

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Silent Key
Johnny Lee Platt Jr., RPL, CPE, passed away January 11 at the age of 37. Platt was an APCO member and had a dedicated and decorated career in public safety. He was deputy director with Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications in Olathe, Kansas, and was active on the Agency Training Program Committee and Bylaws Committee.
Industry News
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved an additional 100 applications for funding commitments totaling $47.89 million for its COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This is the FCC’s sixth and final funding announcement of approved Round 2 applications.
Telecommunicators learn what clues and what questions to ask to help determine whether a missing child is on the autism disorder spectrum.
Fox News
The former public safety telecommunicator lured a caller, who said he was coming to pick up $8,000 to spring her grandson from jail, to her home where police were waiting to arrest him.
Fox 31
Telecommunicator Megan Biberos guided the father through the procedure, and the couple delivered the baby on the bathroom floor.
Block Club Chicago
First-response Alternative Crisis Team has its own hotline and is scheduled to ramp up to 24 hours per day by the summer.
TC Communications
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