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!


June 2019 Newsletter

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

Upcoming Events!

Summer Forum

June 18-20 (plus some subcommittee meetings on the 17th).

We’ll have a 911 Coordinator/PSAP Manager Track and a Public Education Track. Register Here!

Northern Quest Casino, Spokane (Room Rate- $102.00). For hotel reservations call 1-877-871-6772 and mention APCO.

Fall Conference

October 8-11.

We’ll have a Director’s meeting and Chapter Meeting/Dinner on the 8th. Training (including two tech tracks, two telecommunicator tracks, and a management/supervisor track) Oct 9th – 11th. Vendor Floor Oct 9-10. Supersession and Washington 911 Advisory Committee Meeting October 11. Register Here

Interested in presenting?  Click here for the call for papers.

2018 Telecommunicator Award Nominations are OPEN!

The Washington State 2018 Telecommunicator Awards are now open! the awards ceremony will be taking place at the Chapter Fall Conference in October.  Applications are available on the WA APCO-NENA Website, waapconena.orgThe deadline for submitting nominations for the State Awards is July 1, 2019!

Don’t miss out on the chance to nominate your employees for the APCO International Awards for 2018

The deadline for submitting for national awards is April 1, 2019!

Winners selected and notified:  No later than August 15th, 2019.

Awards Banquet:  The WA APCO NENA Fall Conference 

Nomination Forms:

If you’re looking for the old website, you can find all of the old content at waapconena.org/oldsite!