Welcome to the Washington Chapter of APCO-NENA, the professional association for 9-1-1 and public safety communications!
Our mission 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. Our members can be found in every corner of Washington State!
Spring Forum Cancelled
Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in Washington State the Spring Forum is Cancelled. More information on refunds and future plans will be coming out shortly. For those who had also registered on the TEEX site, you do not need to do anything. Their staff is cancelling the class. If you are interested in attending the Essentials of Community Cybersecurity (AWR136) and Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents (MGT384) you can register for classes in Tacoma being held 3/25/2020 – 3/26/2020 (course calendar).
Call for Papers for the State 2020 Conference
2020 Public Safety Communications Conference, held October 20 – 22, 2020 at Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA. Click here for proposal instructions.
International APCO presents awards to public safety communications personnel who have demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the line of duty. Nominations are open now, click here to learn more. Award categories include:
- Telecommunicator of the Year
- Communications Center Director of the Year
- Line Supervisor of the Year
- Trainer of the Year
- Team of the Year
- Radio Frequency (RF) Technologist of the Year
- Information Technologist of the Year
Cancelled. More information coming soon.
June 2nd – 4th, 2020. State sub-committee meetings will be held on June 1st. The forum will be at Northern Quest. Training tracks for 911 Coordinator and Public Educators.
October 20 – 22nd, 2020.
Call for Papers is open, proposals first reviewed 1/31/2020. Please continue to submit your proposals as we still have openings.
911 Saves Act
Take Action to Support 911 Telecommunicators and Dispatchers Now! 9-1-1 telecommunicators play an integral role in public safety. They work alongside police, fire, and EMS to provide crucial information that protects the lives of citizens and responders alike. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t view them like that. In the Bureau’s Standard Occupation Classification System (SOCS), Public Safety Telecommunicators are classified as “Office and Administrative Support Occupations.” Anyone who has ever worked under the headset knows that this is simply not true.
For this reason, Rep. Torres (CA-35), herself a former 9-1-1 dispatcher, has introduced the Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act (911 SAVES), which will order the Office of Management and Budget to revise its Standard Occupation Classification System to categorize Public Safety Telecommunicators as a Protective Service Occupation, alongside much of our public safety family. This change will not only more closely align OMB’s classification with the true nature of our role in public safety, but will also recognize the hard work that TC’s and dispatchers put in every day to make our entire country a safer place to live and work. Click one of these links to support 911 telecommunicators and dispatchers:
NENA – The 911 Association