APCO Seeks Working Group Members to Revise Standard for Channel Nomenclature

Alexandria, VA – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has filed a Project Initiation with the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) to revise APCO/NPSTC Standard for Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels. The revision ensures national consistency of interoperability on related radio channels and is necessary to develop and employ a common set of channel names. A working group will be established and individuals with operational, training and technical knowledge are encouraged to join.

“By establishing a common set of channel names, we provide clarity and confidence in crucial moments, ensuring every individual knows precisely which channel to utilize for effective coordination and swift action,” said Becky Neugent, President of APCO International. “This revision is not just merely a procedural update; it is a vital step towards bolstering our nation’s resilience and safeguarding communities.”

The working group will meet twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. ET. The meetings will be conducted via one-hour conference calls. All interested persons, including producers, users and those with a general interest, should complete the online application indicating their preference for this working group at Join a Working Group. Individuals accepted as a member of the working group will have the opportunity to leverage their participation toward their Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) recertification.

The deadline to sign up is April 7, 2024. Selections will be made within a few weeks of the deadline, and all will be notified of their status via email. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Standards Program Manager at [email protected] or by calling (469) 424-7599. For more information regarding the APCO standards program and activities, please visit our website.

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