911 Certification Matters
SSB-5555 911 Certification and Telecommunicator First Responder acknowledgment have passed! Governor Inslee signed the bill on March 31st and is effective June 9, 2022. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Legislators and helped gather support for this bill. It has been a grueling but rewarding adventure!
Access the frequently asked questions here for more information.
We had about 250 people sign in PRO in the House for the hearing on 2/16/2022, awesome work!! Below is the hearing testimony (go to 22 minutes for the beginning of our bill testimony).
SB-5555 establishes Statewide Public Safety Telecommunicator (PST) Training Standard and Certification, a volunteer Certification Board, and acknowledges PSTs as part of the first responder community.
Only 1 out of every 7 bills introduced becomes law! Please, help us get this done.
Participating in the Process – You are a vital part of the legislative process. The legislative website offers ways to contact a legislator and even participate in committee hearing activities. Click this link to learn the different options for communicating with a Legislator and Participating in a Committee Hearing.
SB-5555 Current Status – To get the current status of the bill, check out this link.
Access the frequently asked questions here
How A Bill Becomes Law – to follow the steps through the procedures for getting our bill to become law, check out this .PDF document.
The bill was heard in committee on 1/21/2022. Thank you to everyone who signed in as PRO and those who testified. We wouldn’t be this far without your support.
If you missed it, you can see it here (our bill is heard at 54 minutes in):
Other Resources and Communication:
Email to membership, 1/14/2022
Email to membership, 1/7/2022
Press Release, 1/6/2022
Contact your Senator
Here is how to identify and contact your Senator:
- Go the bill’s page: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/5555
- Make sure the top indicates the right bill number SB 5555
- Input your address and click Verify District
- Select your Senator
- Enter your contact information
- Select your positions for the bill
- Fill in the comments and click “send comment” (For example, tell them your name, what you do, and where you work. Ask them for their support and to vote yes on SSB 5555)
If you want to take your enthusiasm a step further, please call your senator’s office, indicate that you are a constituent, that you run/work for/are associated with a 9-1-1 center, and that you are requesting their support.