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Silent Key: Anna Curtis
Anna Curtis, a veteran telecommunicator and APCO member in Burlington, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Alamance Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. She was 56.
APCO Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Call for Funding to Modernize the Nation’s 9-1-1 System
Today, in an Op-Ed in The New York Times, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called on Congress to provide funding assistance to state and local government 9-1-1 authorities for the transition to “Next Generation 9-1-1” technology. As Chairman Wheeler rightly pointed out, the nation’s 9-1-1 system is in dire need of upgrading to technology that will provide the features necessary to...
Durham Emergency Communications Center Receives APCO Agency Training Program Certification
Durham Emergency Communications Center, NC, has met the minimum training standards for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Agency Training Program Certification and has been awarded certification as of October 28, 2015.
Silent Key: Randell “Randy” Zentz
Randell “Randy” Zentz, 49, of Palm Coast, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, after a five-year battle with cancer on Oct. 12, 2015. Zentz was born in Buffalo, New York, on July 29, 1966, and moved to the Daytona area at the age of 2. He began his career as a telecommunicator for the city of Daytona Beach...
Silent Key: Gary Allen
Longtime APCO member Gary Allen, former editor and publisher of Dispatch Monthly magazine and 911 Dispatch website, died on Sunday, Oct. 11 after a battle with brain cancer.

November 13, 2015

Further Your Career – Scholarship Program Opens Jan.1

Just a reminder that the scholarship program opens soon. Apply for a scholarship and advance your career. For more information.

APCO’s Illuminations Programs Offers a Year of At-Your-Desk Learning

12 CDEs for $89
Earn one CDE per month, at your desk and at your pace, by enrolling now in one of APCO’s Illuminations programs. Each of the two tracks is $89 per year for APCO members and includes monthly online courses taught by APCO-certified instructors.

Upcoming topics include: Submerged, Sinking Vehicles; Communications Center in Distress; Information Overload; and Domestic Violence

EMD Illuminations
Upcoming topics include: Electrocution & Lightning Strikes; Injuries Involving Weapons; Krokodil; and Just Send Some Help Already!

November 6, 2015

Partnering to Improve Public Safety Apps
For most people, a dead battery or slow download is just an inconvenience, but the impacts can be critical for public safety users. APCO has been working to ensure apps are as effective as possible. As a new post in the TabletopX blog describes, APCO recently collaborated with CTIA – the Wireless Association, AT&T, and a pair of app developers through AppComm to make public safety apps more efficiently manage battery and data consumption. Whatever your area of expertise, consider joining APCO’s efforts to improve apps for public safety and emergency response. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Great Ideas Are the Beginning of the Road to Professional Growth
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to help your association peers with their educational journey at APCO 2016, APCO's Annual Conference & Expo. APCO 2016 welcomes high quality papers and panel proposals in all areas of public safety communications. Break out of the mold and share new ways of thinking that attendees can take back and implement in their own agencies. Learn more

Fantastic Keynote Lineup for the Atlanta Tech Forum
In case you missed it, APCO will be hosting a lineup of prominent speakers at our upcoming Emerging Technology Forum: TJ Kennedy, President, FirstNet, and Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC. And in a slight scheduling change, we will be featuring Tracy McElvaney who will present on the latest research being conducted by the Public Safety Communications Research program located at the NIST laboratory in Boulder, CO. View the program.

October 16, 2015

Upcoming APCO Events & Deadlines

November 17-18
The Emerging Technology Forum is taking place at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, GA.

November 30
Deadline to complete your APCO 2015 session evaluations and print CEU certificates.

December 31
Deadline for submitting your speaker proposals for APCO 2016.

December 31
Deadline for locking in at the lowest rate as an exhibitor at APCO 2016.

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