Sharing some training information and event dates.

I would like to start this quick blog off with giving the Gold Line shout out to the Rice County Emergency Communications friends! We are all thinking about you as you recover from a hard situation earlier this week. We will continue to pray for the Sheriff and Undersheriff as they recover and to all involved.

Thank you all who gave us feedback for our Spring Conference. It really does help us plan for the future conferences.

I wanted to share with you all some important dates to keep on your calendar. Many regions are going to be having some Regional training dates in the near future. If you are in any of those regions you might want to check them out. I can’t speak for every region but I am sure if you are not in the region but want to attend they would love to have you. Please go to our Training page for the full list.

If you or your staff plan to attend the APCO International Conference in Baltimore, MD this coming August we will be having a Chapter Meeting. Our meeting time will be on Monday, August 12th at 14:30-15:30 Eastern time at the Hilton Baltimore, Holiday Ballroom 1, 2nd floor. You can find all of our upcoming events here.

As always, if you have any questions please let us know! Thank you!– Chapter Secretary Becky Snook.

Spring 2019 Conference wrapped up

Thank you all for coming! Kansas APCO Board

The Kansas APCO Board wants to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, nominated, sponsored, participated, and instructed to make our conference a success!! The web page us recently been updated to reflect the pictures taken. Please check them out!

Our conference page has also been updated to show our next conference dates, location and our Keynote Speaker!

Here are some links to the awards page , Years of Service page and picture galleries. https://ksapco.org/2019-spring-conference-class-picture-gallery/

https://ksapco.org/2019-spring-conference-photo-gallery/

1 Week Countdown!

We are 1 week away from our Spring Conference! Who is excited??

We are! The board members and committee members have been working very hard to button up our final items and be ready to great you all Next Monday morning. Here are some highlights in the “things to know before you go” document and full conference program.

We hope that everyone has safe travels to Mulvane and enjoy your time learning and networking.

See you soon!

911 SAVES Act

APCO International, KS 911 Coordinating Council, and many other 911 Professionals are working hard to help in the momentum in this new 911 SAVES Act that Congresswoman Torres has stepped up to fight for our reclassification. The bill is known as the 911 SAVES Act, or the 911 Securing Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act of 2019.

APCO International has shared with us a link to give you in support of this. If you go to https://www.apcointl.org/government-relations/take-action/
It’s written so that anyone can send a message to his/her U.S. Representative.  It’s quick, easy, and effective.  (When there is a companion bill in the Senate, which we expect soon, we will be back in touch with a next call to action directed at U.S. Senators.) You can also add your personal message to the form.

We hope that you participate in this movement to improve our professional recognition. Thank you for taking the time to support this bill.

Have you ever needed to track a cell phone to save a life?

As a 911 Dispatcher have you ever had the frustrating problem of trying to get an accurate exact location on someone missing but all you get is a radius area?? We have just the class for you at our Spring Conference!!

The Washington County Undersheriff has figured out a great way to use specific questions with the cell phone company and plug into another program for a more accurate location that you can do yourself in the Dispatch Center.

We all want the best outcome for missing people and he is willing to share his knowledge in a class at our conference on Tuesday April 2nd.

To register please go to www.ksapco.org for more information. We have many other great classes lined up and we want to share all that we can.

Updated Spring Conference Schedule

Hello Everyone- We have a new draft schedule. Please note that this is not final and will be updated and changed a little in the next couple weeks. We are still working on biographies and class descriptions as well. We hope that this will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Please go to our conference page for more information and links to registration and hotel information.

Award Nominations Due Date Changed!!

Hello everyone- Due to the timing of getting the plaques made by the vendor we have had to move up the date of award nominations being due.

We MUST have all nominations turned in by March 6th at 5pm.

We know that this is a shorter notice but it is something we can not help. We need appropriate time for Colorado to review nominations and votes returned to us for processing. We are still looking for nominations in all categories. We currently have no nominations for Team of the Year and only 2 per each other award group. Go to our award page to see what kind of great prizes you can receive if you win and get those nominations in quickly!

Image credit and designed by Mel Dawdy, Johnson County Emergency Communications

If you would like any extra conference t-shirts or want a guaranteed shirt we must have the order or registration by March 15th. We order a few extra but not a lot. This graphic will be on the shirt that will be gray in color and short sleeved for $10 each.

If you have questions please email Secretary Becky Snook at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov or call 785-738-7822.

Confirmed Conference Class Information

Hello everyone- We are on the eve of Flash Day and the conference committee has been working hard on confirmation of classes to share with you. The list below is the description of what you can expect and we will have much more. We don’t want to share something that isn’t confirmed by the instructor yet. We hope this will help you plan to attend the Spring Conference. We also still need any nominations that you have pending for the Telecommunicator of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Director of the Year, and Team of the year (none submitted for the team yet). We also need any Years of Service Recognitions that are pending. The Years of Service is not a one person will win award…anyone that has put in 30 years or more and has submitted the paperwork will be recognized.

Confirmed classes

  • Toni Dunne – Making the transition to RTT in 911
  • Mark Peterson – PSAP Performance Metrics
  • Terry Burnworth – Sustainable Dispatch
  • Terry Burnworth – Social Media Deployments in the PSAP
  • Terry Burnworth – Don’t be a Dinasaur – LMR to LTE Transitions
  • Terry Burnworth – Tail Wagging the DOg
  • JL Ellis (KSCIS 1 hour and Exercise 4 hours)
  • Kelsy Smith Act – general session
  • Missing and exploited children – 4 hours Wed
  • APCO Board Meeting (agenda item – NENA)
  • Roundtable Discussion (4 hours back to back of different size PSAP – find a board member)
  • Kelly Chess – suicidal callers
  • Kate Dorsey – Overcome challenges in the ever-changing dispatch center

Flash Day Registration will start tomorrow morning at 8am central time. We hope to see you in Mulvane! If you have questions or concerns please contact Secretary Becky Snook at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov or call 785-738-7822.