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By Bill Peters, NENA Treasurer
NENA Documents up for Public Review: Standard Data Formats for E9‑1‑1 Data Exchange & Mapping, and Information Document for Location Validation Function Consistency
Comments on the below documents are due by 12AM EST on April 20, 2018. Contact the NENA Committee Resource Manager ( ) with any questions.
The NENA Standard Data Formats for E9‑1‑1 Data Exchange & GIS Mapping sets forth NENA standard formats for Automatic Location Identification (ALI) data exchange between Service Providers and Data Base Management System Providers, a GIS data model, a Data Dictionary, and formats for data exchange between the ALI Database and PSAP Controller equipment. The reason for revising this document is to add additional legacy Classes of Service (CoS), standardized use of Service Descriptions in the Customer Name/Service field, and specify the recommended CoS information in Section 19 and the recommended Service Descriptions in Section 20.
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The NENA Information Document for Location Validation Function Consistency builds upon the specifications provided in NENA‑STA‑010 related to the Location Validation Function (LVF) and the Location to Service Translation (LoST) protocol. As there is room for interpretation within these documents, the goal of this informational document is to outline recommendations that LVF stakeholders, including operators, implementers, Geographic Information System (GIS) personnel and LVF clients can follow to help ensure responses to LoST queries to different LVFs are consistent. It also provides recommendations for LVF client systems as to how the recommendations for the responses can be utilized and provides operational guidance to the stakeholders listed above.
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NENA 2018 is coming up quickly! This year’s conference is scheduled for June 16th – 21st in Nashville. Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, more than ninety hours of training sessions that inform and empower, career-building courses and workshops with real-world applications, nightly networking activities that help you make the right connections, and an Expo Hall brimming with cutting-edge products and services, NENA 2018 is the must-attend public safety event of the year. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it! Head to the NENA website to register: www.nena.org
Are you a member of the PSConnect Community? This is a great resource for information and to be connected. Check it out at www.psconnect.org. There are many “communities” including Washington State APCO. You can set your preference on how often to receive information from the communities.
APCO-NENA Chapter Officers:
President Karl Hatton
Vice President Lora Ueland
Exec Council Rep Sheryl Mullen
Secretary Katy Myers
APCO Treasurer Richard Kirton
NENA Treasurer Bill Peters
East Side Ambassador Jay Atwood
West Side Ambassador Tim Martindale
Commercial Rep Dana Hanford
Past President Jackie Jones
PIO Team can be reached at Thank you, Lori Markham, Kris DeVore, and Brenda Cantu
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:
Hilton Garden Inn:
Western Regional Conference starts tomorrow!
Our Chapter is hosting the Western Regional Conference this year. The conference is March 27-30, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Registration is at www.regonline.com/2018WRC and the Schedule is attached to this email.
Full Registration: Includes access to all conference events including lunch each day with the exception of breakfast and lunch Friday.
Standard $295.00 through March 4, 2018
Late $320.00 beginning March 5, 2018 (payment required at time of registration).
*See portal for hotel and transportation information and day pass prices.
Include provided info
Highlight Chapter Meeting on Thursday March 29th, 5:15 to 6:30 pm, Room 316
Keynote Speaker is Redmond Ramos. After losing his left leg in Afghanistan, Navy Corpsman Redmond Ramos decided to motivate others. He has since competed in track and swimming internationally and was on the CBS hit show “The Amazing Race”.
Download the conference app with this QR code, or go to https://tinyurl.com/2018WRCSAG or search your APP Store or Play Store for the “eventbase” app. After you launch the app search for APCO and select the APCO 2018 Western Regional Conference.
Our Chapter meeting is Thursday, March 29th , 1715 to 1830 in Room 316.
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.
Volunteer at Western Regional
Take the opportunity to volunteer at the Western Regional Conference in Tacoma!
Conference Gift Basket Auction
911 Superheroes Drawing Contest
APCO Western Region PSAPs
The 2018 Western Region Conference
Announces a Drawing Contest!
Drawing Contest Rules
The WRC 2018 is seeking five (5) drawings for use at the APCO Western Region Conference.
Theme: The drawings should depict a “911 Super Hero”
- Family members of Western Region APCO members or family members of any Western Region PSAP employee.
- Must be 16 years old or younger.
- Each contestant may submit only one drawing
- When submitting identify:
- The family member name
- The PSAP employer if applicable
- The contestant name and age
- Drawing content must be suitable for public viewing, as determined by the contest judges
- Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will be rejected. For example, no artworks depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will be accepted. All drawings must be original ideas and created entirely by the contestant.
- Drawing should be submitted on paper size no larger than ledger (11x17) and no smaller than legal (8.5x14).
- Submissions can be scanned and submitted electronically or hardcopy unfolded.
- The original drawings of the winning drawings will be needed.
All submissions will become the property of the Chapter for use as the Chapter determines.
An independent committee will be named by the Chapter Executive Committee to judge and select winning submissions.
Five submissions will be selected provided there are at least submissions that are suitable for the purpose.
Each winning submission will receive a $50.00 gift card.
By the end of the business day on Monday, March 5, 2018.
Electronic scanned to:
c/o Drawing Contest
911 Carver Street
Bremerton, WA 98312