Aloha all,

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.

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. 


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2018 Washington State APCO-NENA

MEGA Forum

October 8-11, 2018

Three Rivers Convention Center – Kennewick, WA




Keith Flewelling

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 -

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.