Washington APCO-NENA

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!

Annual WA APCO/NENA Awards Nominations are OPEN!

In spite of COVID and all the things in the world, we need to recognize the greatness going on across the State of Washington. It is time to submit your nominations for 2019 Telecommunicator Sustained Performance, Telecommunicator of the Year Critical Incident, Telecommunicator Team of the Year, and Technician of the Year for Washington APCO.

You will see that the nomination forms have changed a bit from years past. Please provide feedback as you utilize them and let us know how they work for you. We want the nomination process to be streamlined and easy so that you will acknowledge all of the people and work that is happening around you. Please include as much detail as possible so that the Awards and Recognition folks can make an educated and appropriate selection of award winners.

The window for nominations is from now until August 31st, 2020 at 1700. You can submit your nomination forms to awards@waapconena.org. You will receive an email indicating receipt of your nomination(s) as well as follow-up information when selections have been made. View nomination information and download forms here

Thank you for your submissions and your time and attention to nominations.
~ The Washington APCO Awards and Recognition Committee

Summer Forum is canceled.

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in Washington State, the Summer Forum is Canceled.

Save the Date and Wait for the Annual 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

Click here to learn more and submit nominations.

Spring Forum

Canceled.

Summer Forum

Canceled.

Annual Conference – Save the Date and Wait

The Fall Conference in Kennewick is October 20-22.  At this time, we are asking you to Save the Date & Wait.  We don’t know yet if the annual conference will go on as planned, be re-worked, or canceled.

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:
APCO International
NENA – The 911 Association