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Washington APCO-NENA Announces the 2017 Public Safety Communications Award Recipients
Washington APCO-NENA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Public Safety Communications Awards. The recipients were chosen from a field of excellent nominees for their commitment to professionalism in the public safety communications industry and for their service to their agencies and communities. Award recipients will be honored at the Awards Banquet at the 2018 Washington 911 MEGA Forum in Kennewick, WA on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
It is our pleasure to announce the following award categories and winners:
TELECOMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR FOR SUSTAINED SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE
Tara Massey, Communications Officer II (COII) and Communications Training Officer (CTO)
Valley Communications Center (Valleycom), Kent, WA
TELECOMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR FOR HANDLING OF A CRITICAL INCIDENT
Jessica Jablonski, Public Safety Telecommunicator II
Kitsap 911 (CENCOM), Bremerton, WA
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS INFORMATION TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR
Brandon Wecker, Public Safety Systems Engineer
Kitsap 911 (CENCOM), Bremerton, WA
TEAM OF THE YEAR FOR HANDLING OF A CRITICAL INCIDENT
Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management, Goldendale, WA
Shirley Chapple (Retired), Lead Communications Officer
Vicky Ramsay, Communications Officer
Nicole Vincent, Communications Officer
Filiberto Ontiveros, Communications Officer
Melina Geary, Communications Officer
Celebrate with us at the 2018 Washington 911 MEGA forum
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
“The important work of answering 911 calls, dispatching appropriate resources, and maintaining the systems that are needed is performed by hundreds of public safety communications personnel in over 65 agencies across the state of Washington” said Chapter President Karl Hatton. “It is a privilege to honor our awards recipients who work behind the scenes to provide outstanding service to the residents and visitors to the state.”
The mission of the Washington Chapter of APCO-NENA is to join together as public safety communications professionals to lead, learn, and leverage our influence for the benefit of our profession, the public safety workforce, and ultimately the public we serve. We do this by providing training, networking, and leadership opportunities, asserting political influence and voice for issues related to our industry, and sharing information and answering questions.
Congratulations Award Recipients!!!
Washington APCO/NENA Chapter 2018 Officer Candidate Information
Registration Portal for th Mega Forum is Open!
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Public/Government Affairs Committee
2018 End of Session Report
Day 60 Legislative Update
The Legislature adjourned Sine Die at 10:30 PM on Thursday, March 8th. This is the first time since 2014 that lawmakers were able to complete their work on time and only the second time in the last decade.
Over 1,400 bills were introduced over the past 9 weeks. The Governor will have 20 days to take action (not including Sundays) on those bills that passed the legislature and made it to his desk.
The House and Senate paid tribute this week to 7 legislators (6 of them Republicans) who have announced that they will not be seeking re-election. With candidate filing still 2 months away, it is possible that others may decide not to run as well.
Issues / Bills of Interest
HB 2892 Establishing the mental health field response team program
Creates the mental health field response team grant program, administered by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. The bills now include APCO amended language that directs WASPC to coordinate with the 911 systems and others to develop and incorporate telephone triage and dispatch protocols in the program. Delivered to the Governor on March 8th. He will have 60 days to act not including Sunday's. APCO Supports **Update – Governor Inslee signed the bill on 3/22/18.
SB 6032 Final Supplemental Operating Budget (911 Account Funding)
Includes $1.582 million GFS and $2,618 million E911 Account are provided soley for the department to complete the internet protocol based next generation 911 network project while maintaining financical assistance to counties. Fully funds E911 Account Budget Shortfall. Delivered to the Governor on March 8th. APCO Supports
SB 6620 Improving security in schools and the safety of students.
The bill directs WASPC to develop and implement emergency response systems using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school. Places additional restrictions on the sale of semi-automatic rifles. This bill was just introduced and heard in Ways and Means on 2/27 and is in direct response to the Florida school shooting. It is now on the Senate Floor. APCO is working with Senators to amend the bill to include APCO in the develpment of the the system. We worked with Senator Wilson (Vancouver) to have an amendment placed on the bar of the Senate that would have included APCO in the development of the system should the bill come up for a vote. The bill did not come up for a vote prior to the end of session. DEAD
FCC Notice of Inquiry - https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2018/db0301/DOC-349523A1.pdf
Please see the link above on an FCC Notice of Inquiry for location based routing for wireless 911 calls. The FCC is seeking information and input about wireless calls to 911; specifically the NOI would:
· Examine how the delays that arise form cell tower-based routing of wireless 911 calls can be avoided, possibly resulting in faster response times, via the implementation of location-based routing solutions.
· Ask detailed questions about the state of location based routing technologies, their maturity, and their utility in supporting more accurate routing of wireless 91 calls.
· Seek comment on the recommendations regarding location-based routing made by the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) in September 2016.
· Ask for information about the costs and benefits of locations based routing technologies, existing and evolving standards for routing methodologies, and the capabilities of next-generation 911 to support or drive location based routing technologies.
Seek comment on how the Commission can facilitate and promote location-based routing improvements.
Technology committee - What’s an EIDD?
In NG911 EIDD stands for Emergency Incident Data Document and it can be a powerful thing! In a fully NG911 environment the EIDD is used to transmit data between PSAPs, sort of like how a proprietary CAD to CAD interface works right now. The biggest difference? This is a standardized element build into the NG911 i3 standard and could revolutionize how things work. Why? Well imagine you have a pursuit in your PSAP area that is travelling toward your boundary and you would like to notify your neighboring PSAP. Right now you would call them and let them know all the information (if you don’t have a CAD 2 CAD interface). In the future if you and your neighbor are full NG911 capable, you could literally transfer the information to them over the ESInet and the EIDD is the way the data gets sent over there. No special interface, no phone call – just instant quick and easy transfer of the information to who it needs to go to. There is a lot work being done right now to fully address how to implement and use EIDDs, and this techie, for one, is looking forward to getting them into our environment, what about you?
Fall Mega Forum and Awards Banquet – October 8th to 11th, 2018, Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick Registration open soon
Reminder - there will not be a 2018 Summer Conference due to the timing of the Western Regional Conference. Our regular yearly chapter conference will resume in 2019. The yearly awards ceremony will be at the Fall Forum. The training will include something for everyone – 911 Coordinators, Managers, Monday Trainers, Telecommunicators and Public Education.
Monday Oct 8th Subcommittee meetings
Tuesday Oct 9th Training, Chapter Meeting
Wednesday Oct 10th Training, Awards Banquet
Thursday Oct 11 Training
Award nominations are due June 1st, 2018 and the forms are available for download on this site.
Host hotels are ready for your reservations:
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From President Karl Hatton:
Western Regional Conference – it’s really all we have been talking about and working towards for the past several months. By the looks of things, this year’s offering is going to be terrific. Over 80 vendors, great speakers, amazing training tracts and various meetings and roundtable sessions. Our Wednesday night entertainment by the local Salish Sea tribes looks like it is going to be something you will not want to miss.
I would like to thank the WRC committee, all of the volunteers that have put so much effort into making sure that this week will go off without a hitch. Richard Kirton deserves special recognition for being the head of the spear on this effort. I expect that we will all have a fantastic time.
It has been an extra-ordinarily busy year and while the WRC has been a top priority, we have not stopped our legislative efforts surrounding PST certification, making sure that the State 9-1-1 Office has adequate funding and that our PSAPS can continue to receive grant money, assisting with the formulation of the Behavioral Health Field Response bill. A lot of activity has been occurring.
You might not know any of that information if it wasn’t for the tireless work of our PIO group. I would be remise in not mentioning Brenda Cantu, Lori Markham, and Kris Devore. Their attention to detail and constant messaging has been critical in keeping the membership informed and engaged. Thank you ladies, I know I do not EVER say it enough.
To the membership as a whole – we still have a lot of work to do in the coming months. Strengthening partnerships with our public safety partners, continued pressure on the legislature to ensure that 9-1-1 funds continue to remain intact and spent on what they are designated for, continued work on certification, and engagement on several fronts. Thank you all for the daily hard work that you do, and for your continued commitment to your agencies and the profession.
Karl Hatton, President.
Call For Papers
CALL FOR PAPERS
2018 Washington State APCO-NENA
October 8-11, 2018
Three Rivers Convention Center – Kennewick, WA
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