PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, April 29, 2022

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks to partner with authorized originators of Wireless Emergency Alerts to conduct localized, end-to-end WEA performance tests. The tests are expected for the third quarter of 2022 and will be designed to measure whether alerts are being delivered with the accuracy required by the FCC’s geo-targeting rules. If you are an authorized alert originator, please consider sending in a submission of interest by May 22.
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Those wishing to donate to APCO’s Scholarship Program or the Sunshine Fund can now do so securely online using PayPal.


On April 25 APCO expressed concern on the draft recommendations shared by the Transform911 project. Transform911 is an academic effort established within the University of Chicago to recommend policies for developing a more community-led approach for emergency response. APCO has not participated in the working groups responsible for drafting the recommendations but has been monitoring the project since its inception and felt it necessary to respond to the draft of initial recommendations. Among other things, APCO criticized the group for implying that 9-1-1 is harmful and inequitable, and objected to establishing a one-size-fits all approach to 9-1-1 operations. APCO will continue to monitor the project’s development. To view the draft recommendations and supply your own comments, visit the Transform911 website.


APCO is seeking comments for the revision of APCO candidate American National Standard (ANS) for Public Safety Telecommunicators When Responding to Calls of Missing, Abducted and/or Sexually Exploited Children in its second public review and comment period ending May 29.
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These webinars are free for members and $59 for non-members, and worth 1 CDE each.

A Formula for Public Safety Success
Wednesday, May 4 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Sponsored by Hexagon

Closing the Gap in Emergency Response Time
Tuesday, May 24 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Sponsored by Everbridge


Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center, SC, 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). Initial and continuing training for public safety telecommunicators is important as they provide essential services to the public in an expanding and rapidly changing environment.
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The deadline is approaching to submit your T-shirt design for APCO 2022! We're looking for designs that incorporate the host city Anaheim and/or the state of California, and the spirit of APCO International and emergency communications. Submit your design by May 5.

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People at the amusement park get a text alerting them to the fact their phone has contacted the emergency communications center and to confirm if they have a real emergency.
The Preston County News Journal
Logan Seigh was recognized for improving the working environment at her emergency communications center with a “sunny and caring personality.”
UCHealth Today
With an eye to defusing potential confrontations with police officers before they arrive on the scene of a 9-1-1 call, The Vitals app provides information to first responders about medical and behavioral issues of the subjects of a call.
LEX 18
Makenzi Hill took a call in which a woman wasn’t breathing. She used her annual CPR training to walk the caller through the procedure.
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