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.

Flash Day Reminder

Hello everyone- I wanted to send out a Flash Day reminder for you all. Registration will open next Wednesday, February 20th.

Spring 2019 conference logo for our shirts.

Members can register for $80 (regularly $100) and Non-APCO Members for $100 (regularly $125). This savings is for this day only and must be paid for by credit card/debit card on PayPal on the same day. If you have any problems please call the Secretary, Becky at 785-738-7822 or email bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov. After your registration form(s) are completed please go back to the registration page and select the correct PayPal box with number of registrations you want to pay for. You do NOT have to have a PayPal account. You can check out as a guest.

The hotel block and information will also open on this day. Hotel room price will be $90 per night for queen or king rooms. The direct link with the hotel block will be provided on the hotel information page on February 20th.

We will have some classes and meeting opportunities on Monday starting at 8am. We will have dedicated commercial industry partner (vendor) time all Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

The Commercial Partner registration is already open and the form has been activated on our Commercial Industry Partner page.

More information and draft schedule will be shared as soon as it is available.

Please remember to get your submissions in for Telecommunicator of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Director of the Year, and Team of the Year by March 15th. The new Years of Recognition award is also due by then.

Update on many items

Hello everyone- I know it has been awhile since you have heard from us but we wanted to get our first meeting of the year completed so we can give you a full update. We have several items to update on so please be patient with this potentially long blog post.

First item up is that our Spring Conference Committee is still looking for some volunteers for presenting at our Spring Conference. The date for Call of Presentations has been extended to February 20th, AKA Flash Day! If you would like to present a class to the attendees go to this link and fill out the form.

2nd item is that the Committee has come up with a theme for the conference of “Heart Beat of Public Safety”. The team is working on the official shirt design and hope to share it soon. You will love it!

Our Keynote speaker will be from the Kelsey Smith Foundation. We are happy to have them come and share Kelsey’s story and help us maybe learn something from it. It will be an honor to have her parents attend our conference.

3rd item is the Telecommunicator, Director, Supervisor and Team of the Year awards. If you have someone in your department that deserves this recognition please send in a nomination for them. You can find out more information and the forms here.

4th item is a new recognition that has been developed called the Kansas APCO Years of Service Recognition Award. If you have an employee, co-worker, or recently retired with 30 years or more of service as a Telecommunicator…this is for you! We would like all nominees to be available to attend the Spring Conference Banquet on April 2nd, 2019. This will be at the Kansas Start Casino. The banquet ticket for the nominee will be paid for by the chapter. The nominee will also receive a plaque from the board and do a small speech for each nominee. Full information and the form is located at the above link. We hope that we get many nominations to honor. Each nominee will also be recognized on this website after the conference with a picture of them and their plaque.

5th and final item is a notification of our Fall Conference. The Kansas Fall Conference will be held October 7th-9th, 2019 at the Prairie Band Casino in Mayetta.

Thank you for sticking it out through this long update. We are hoping to see some nominations coming in for all awards and recognition as well as some volunteers for instructors at our conference. Don’t forget about FLASH DAY coming up on February 20th. You can find all conference information here.

Telecommunicator of the Year Award

Hello everyone! We hope that you have all survived the Christmas holiday season. As we look into our 2019 year the top of our list is accepting nominations from you all from the 2018 year. The winners will be recognized at our Spring Conference in Mulvane, April 1st-3rd, 2019. Please go to the Telecommunicator of the Year Nomination page for the forms and further information at https://ksapco.org/telecommunicator-of-the-year-nominations  All nominations are due by March 13th, 2019.

We hope that you all have a safe and Happy New Year!

Sincerely, The Kansas APCO Board!

Spring 2019 Conference Information

Hello, everyone! We wanted to give a brief update on our planning for Spring 2019 Conference. We know that the holiday time is a very busy time but we have had some questions about our Spring 2019 Conference planning.

Our conference will be at the Kansas Start Casino, Mulvane on April 1st-3rd, 2019. If you would like to do a presentation at our conference please go to our Conference Call for papers here and fill out the form and return by February 1st, 2019. The full instructions are on the form. 

Flash Day will be February 20th, 2019. If you have any questions prior to that date about registration please call the Secretary, Becky Snook at 785-738-7822 or email her at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov. You will get a great savings by enrolling your staff on this date.

We will be working on all of the other details in the next few weeks and will update the conference page as we get it finalized. Please follow our blog or Facebook page, or PSConnect for updates. 

We hope that you all have a safe holiday season!