Take the Stage in Nashville: APCO 2023 Call for Speakers is Open
You could be the next big thing! Submit an application to be considered for a one-hour presentation within the APCO 2023 professional development program. If selected, speakers receive one complimentary full conference registration.
Mandatory Update for Communications Training Officer Certification
Time is running out for those with a Communications Training Officer (CTO) 5 certification to complete the mandatory CTO 6th Edition Update course. Registration is free for the update courses for students and instructors. There are several course dates available; the last course scheduled begins on December 28, 2022. For more information, visit:
The November/December 2022 issue of PSC magazine is now available online.
APCO’s bi-monthly magazine is the authoritative source of information on public safety communications worldwide. Articles include:
- Overloaded: APCO standards help ECCs prepare for operational overload
- Mix, Match, Train: Public safety training is more effective as interdisciplinary exercises.
- Shock to the System: How the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Section recovered from the technical impact of a cyberattack.
Cybersecurity Quick Tip Videos
In honor of October being cybersecurity awareness month, we created short videos with cybersecurity tips and useful information. Additional resources related to each week’s topic follow the videos.
Keeping You Up to Date
APCO is your source for public safety communications news that affects you, your job and your community.
Silent Key: Sammye Foster Cotton
APCO Announces Final Approval and Publication of Revised and Redesignated American National Standard on Wireless 9-1-1 Deployment and Management of Effective Practices Guide
APCO received final approval from the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) for publication of the APCO ANS 1.103.3-2022 Wireless 9-1-1 Deployment and Management of Effective Practices Guide on November 7, 2022.
APCO Announces Final Approval of American National Standard on Detecting Early Warning Symptoms of Stress in Public Safety Telecommunicators
APCO received final approval from the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) for publication of a new standard titled APCO ANS 3.111.1-2022 Detecting Early Warning Symptoms of Stress in Public Safety Telecommunicators on November 7, 2022.
Silent Key: James Robert “Jimmy” Scanlon
Hopkins (Minnesota) Fire Department Assistant Chief and APCO member James “Jimmy” Scanlon died November 4 after going into cardiac arrest the day before. He was 38. Scanlon responded to a fire call for Hopkins Fire Department on the evening of November 2. Scanlon served the Hopkins Fire Department as a firefighter from 2008 to the present, and he has served as assistant chief since 2019. “Jimmy was known for his superior knowledge of IT, commitment to the city and willingness to help out however he could. He will be deeply missed,” said Hopkins Fire Department Chief Dale Specken. “Our condolences…
Attendees Imagine the Future of 9-1-1 at APCO Nexus
APCO’s NG9-1-1 focused event Nexus was held live for the first time on November 2 and 3 in Arlington, VA. The event spanned two days, covering five real-life scenarios and how the 9-1-1 response could have been impacted by NG9-1-1 technologies. Coupled with these interactive panels was the 360 Experience, where our sponsors demo-ed the technological solutions discussed in each scenario.
APCO Files a Project Initiation and Seeks Working Group Members to Revise the American National Standard Minimum Training Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicator
APCO has filed a Project Initiation with ANSI and has issued a call for participation for working group members to participate in the revision of the APCO ANS Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Telecommunicators.
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