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Flash Day Change and Conference Information

Good evening Kansas APCO Members- I know this whole fall conference thing has been confusing BUT we appreciate your patience. We are moving forward with the Fall conference in Manhattan. Those that can travel and feel safe to attend, are welcome to join us. We have moved the Flash Day one last time (upon my request, due to unavailability for me to be available tomorrow) www.ksapco.org

Wednesday, September 15th is the day! I promise. You can now go to our website and view the DRAFT schedule and hotel info. The registration form will not be posted until the 15th. If you have ANY troubles with the form, please email me at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov  and let me know how I can help. This is a very busy day for me, so I appreciate your patience. You can also view on our website if your agency has credit from last year. Please remember that the schedule is subject to change up until a week before the conference. I will keep it updated, as I make changes to it.

Extra shirts can be purchased through the enrollment form at $20 each. All full registration attendees will get a shirt and all offered meals.

If your agency has credit, there is a place on the form to mark that is what you are using. If you have more than what you have credit for, please enroll all people and we will email you a correct invoice. We can’t wait to spend some time with you in November!

You can also still submit Years of Service Recognition nominations to us. https://form.jotform.com/203065189935058

Kansas Night Out at APCO International

We are excited to formally invite Kansas 911 Professionals to Kansas Night Out at the APCO Conference in Texas on August 15th 730pm-930pm at Smoke Downtown and Skybar.
Location
Smoke BBQ + Skybar
501 E Crockett San
Antonio, Texas
7:30 pm – Guest Arrival, commence food/beverage stations throughout venue / house music streaming
7:30 pm – Games and networking
8:30 pm – Conclusion of food stations
9:30 pm Conclusion of event.
Environment
Mix and mingle set up. Mix and mingle of picnic tables and bar height tables/barrels. Yard game setup to include – Corn hole, Giant Jenga and Jumbo Connect Four, Beer Pong. We will be on the rooftop outside so please dress accordingly.
In addition to famous Texas BBQ the menu includes –
Appetizers/Passed food items
– Smoked Chicken Quesadillas; Flour tortillas stuffed with smoked chicken and shredded cheese blend, mixed vegetables topped with chipotle aioli.
– Veggie Spring Rolls with sweet Thai Chili Sauce
– Sausage and Cheddar Bites: Smoked sausage served on a skewer with cubed cheddar cheese and a fresh jalapeño slice.
Food Stations
– Smoked Brisket Carving Station: Sliced and served with Texas BBQ sauce and our award-winning potato salad.
– Pulled Pork Slider: Mini Pulled Pork Slider topped with our Carolina BBQ Sauce on a Sweet Hawaiian Bun.
– Turkey Carving Station: Beer brined Turkey Breast served with Cream Corn.
– Tea and/or Water included
Beverage (open bar with proper ID)
– Bar package will include bottled beer, house wines, margaritas, call cocktails.
– Bar package excludes shots and premium cocktails. ** Available at your own cost**
The APCO Board has paid the venue a gratuity for a “group” party however please remember your wait staff and if you feel inclined, consider tipping the Skybar staff to thank them for their service.
Health and Safety Restrictions
The venue does not require that you wear a mask however please remember normal safety protocols as we will be interacting up close.
** This event is for Kansas 911 Professionals and our sponsors only. In order to make planning possible and work within our budget we have required that you previously RSVP to this event. We will leave a list of approved attendees with security at the venue. If you didn’t receive the initial notice inviting you and asking for you to RSVP, and are interested in attending, please email the APCO President immediately at president@ksapco.org to explore options. Our budget has driven attendance and because we can’t host everyone, onsite request will be denied.
*** If you RSVP for more than yourself please respond directly to this email with a full list of attendees. If you previously included all names, there is no reason to respond.
We are excited to see you on Sunday evening. 2021 was a big year for us in Kansas 911 with finally getting the recognition we deserve as Emergency Responders #SB40. Thank you for the selfless job you do every day for Kansas citizens.
Thank you, Voice Products, RapidDeploy, Mission Critical Partners, and FirstNet, Built with AT&T for your generosity!!

Press Release for Kansas Public Safety Telecommunicators as First Responders #2

Good morning Kansas APCO membership! I have been given our next press release to share with you all from the Kansas APCO and NENA board members.

The last year has come with challenges, fear, and frustration for all, and 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators are no exception. While the job itself is stressful, COVID has forced many Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to work shorthanded, change call-taking protocol, and 911 saw an influx of calls which challenged capacity.

 

Nevertheless, after many years of hard work, and a tumultuous year of uphill battles, the Kansas Chapters of APCO and NENA believe there is reason to celebrate.

 

HB2435 was introduced last week which spoke to the inclusion of Public Safety Telecommunicators alongside other heroes in public safety like Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics. Concurrently SB40, which included many modifications to the Emergency Management Act, passed both the House and the Senate meanwhile awaiting the Governor’s signature. SB40 would amend the definition of “emergency responder” in the Kansas Intrastate Emergency Mutual Aid Act to include 911 call center public safety telecommunicators. It is anticipated the Governor will sign this bill making it law on or before March 31, 2021.

 

What this means for you: 911, emergency dispatchers, public safety telecommunicators, call takers, and the like, are finally receiving the dignity and respect it justly deserves.

 

What happens next: KS APCO and KS NENA will continue to advocate for our occupation focusing on COVID benefits, PTSD inclusion, equitable benefits, and quality in-person training.

 

While Kansas law does not allow for classification that would impact FLSA, the federal reclassification effort commonly referred to as the 911 Saves Act is still alive. We encourage you to throw your support behind this initiative in hopes the Office of Management and Budget will do the right thing by modifying the Standard Occupational Classification System to include 911 professionals as a protected service occupation.

 

What we need from you? Keep doing what you’re doing! Continue being superstars in your profession, tell your stories and bring awareness to your dedication and hard work!

 

Much Respect,

KS APCO and KS NENA

Conference Statement from Kansas Chapter President

On April 14th Kansas Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials will host their 2nd annual virtual conference which is open to everyone (FREE for Kansas – out-of-state registration $25). Keynote Speaker Halcyon Frank will be on hand offering in-depth training on how to support, empower and encourage others in the PSAP industry.

We are proud to announce that this year’s conference is being conducted along with the collaboration of Ricardo Martinez from Within The Trenches. We are excited to tap into his network of professional partnerships.

There is a great lineup of eminent speakers and guests from all walks of life coming to share their knowledge and vast experience with you along with the KS Chapter of APCO’s Business meeting where we will have lots to discuss including the first responder legislation and training. Don’t forget one way to honor your co-workers is to nominate them for an APCO Achievement Award (see website for details).

For 66 years KS APCO has served as a champion of change, personal development, and continued education, this year APCO is excited to bring 2 additional virtual pieces of training to Kansas so be sure to stay tuned to our website and FB page to learn more.

If you want to help be a conduit for change, please consider running for a KS APCO Board of Officer Position – see website for details.

We are so excited about this amazing opportunity and are looking forward to April 14th!

 

Thank you

Angie Murphy

APCO President

http://www.ksapco.org to register and access the schedule.

Press Release for Kansas Public Safety Telecommunicators as First Responders

The Kansas Chapters of APCO and NENA are incredibly excited to release the following statement outlining our efforts to obtain Emergency/First Responder designation in the State of Kansas for our members.
“By designating our Kansas Public Safety Telecommunicators as First Responders, Kansas would be sending a powerful message nationwide that it supports our 911 professionals by recognizing the life-saving work that each of them performs every day.”
Members- We welcome you to share this press release on your social media. I have attached the PDF version and jpeg pictures for your use. You can also find them on our website at https://ksapco.org/legislation/
Kansas Chapter Apco
APCO International
NENA – National Emergency Number Association

2021 New Year Updates

Good afternoon – First off “Happy New Year!” from the Kansas APCO Board! It’s been awhile since we have chatted.

I would like to give you an update on our Spring 2021 Conference on behalf of the APCO Board. As you all know, Covid is still running strong in Kansas, therefore we have changed our Spring Conference to virtual again. This will be a little different than last time so here is the rundown for right now:

  • Call for Papers is now open and you can put in your request at https://form.jotform.com/203074720448048. We are looking for 8 instructors that will be willing to do a recording of their presentation of about 50 minutes long. We also will need permission to be able to share this with our attendees virtually. 
  • This will be a 1-day event in April. We are still working on the exact date with the virtual platform. 
  • We will not have a commercial exhibition hall for this conference but we will push the commercial partner exhibition hall to the Fall Conference (we are truly hoping to be in person by then). 
  • Our Keynote Speaker is Halcyon Frank from The Dispatch Lab. She will do 4 tracks for us in the morning. “The Power of the Encouraging Moment” will be one of Ms. Frank’s presentations. If you are a fan of the 911nder Women group, you will know her. 
  • We still need you to submit your Telecommunicator of the year awards! We will celebrate the winners in the Fall but with APCO International awards timeline, we need to keep our submissions coming in the Spring. The deadline for this is March 1st from the 2020 year
  • This will be a 100% FREE training to everyone. We will not have any swag bags this time. This is going to be a 1-day jam-packed training with some great speakers! 
  • You will not need to pre-enroll. We will share a login link for you when it’s close to time for the conference and you can log in through that link. We will give more details as we get closer.

Last, but certainly not least, we want to make you aware that we have a new Treasurer for the Chapter. Lori is very busy with the Council and her responsibilities there that she felt best to let it go to someone else. Brandy Grassl, from Labette County, was willing to be appointed to the position to finish out Lori’s term. We appreciate Lori’s time and effort she has put into the Kansas APCO Chapter over the last 4 years. We also welcome Brandy to our group and we know she will do great things for the Chapter.

I know that was a lot of information but I don’t want to annoy you with multiple posts to get it all out to you. I have attached the flyers for the call for papers and spring conference information to share with your peers.

We are working on setting dates for the Fall Conference in Manhattan (we truly hope). We will keep you in the loop.

Have a great week!

Becky (Chapter Secretary)

Feel free to email me at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov if you have any questions.

Kansas Legislative Committee Survey

Hello, Kansas Gold! We have a HUGE favor to ask you. Please help out our state legislative committee by completing the following Survey Monkey. You do not have to be an admin to do it. Any Kansas agency or Kansas 911 professional can take the survey. We need your help to push us to get Kansas Telecommunicators recognized as First Responders! Please share with your staff.

Thank you, Kansas APCO Board

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YKZRN83

Final Conference Update

Good Morning, Kansas APCO! We are so excited for our conference starting tomorrow. I first want to say that I have received several emails about logins for the conference. The company that is doing our virtual platform has been working very hard to finalize the program before sending out the logins. I have sent an email first thing this morning to inquire when that will be. As soon as I know, I will post it on our Facebook page. I am sure it will be today sometime. They have been working very hard all weekend with us to get the last minute changes finished up.

I also want to address the swag bags. They won’t be mailed out until the week of the 12th due to quarantine issues and waiting for the last minute sponsors items to be shipped to me. No worries, everyone will get one. Our last and final count was 243 attendees. That is very exciting! We have 20 different states registered for this conference. 

Lastly I have added our final schedule, 2019 business meeting minutes and our agenda for this fall business meeting. We hope you will join us! If you are not signed up as an attendee but you want to join the business meeting only you can login at the following:
LIVE session – Business Meeting led by Angela Murphy Tue, Oct 6, 2020 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (MDT) Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. global.gotomeeting.com/join/154585213 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122<tel:+15713173122,,154585213> Access Code: 154-585-213 New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: global.gotomeeting.com/install/154585213

Please note that you won’t be able to watch it after the live session if you are not an attendee. 
We hope you enjoy the virtual experience (the best we can) and we can’t wait  to see you in the Spring 2021 HOPEFULLY! 
Spring 2021 is scheduled to be in Manhattan April 12th-14th , 2021. 

Thank you all for your patience with us trying to work out all of the details to make this happen. It has been a LOT of work. 

Have a great conference!
Becky

Kansas APCO Fall Virtual Conference information

Kansas APCO Virtual Conference information

The virtual conference “Survive and Thrive” will be held on October 5th and 6th, 2020. As we work with our virtual platform vendor, we will share more details on the schedule and information. Please let us know if you have any questions. This virtual conference is opened up to all of the United States.

REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 1st, 2020.

We have two keynote speakers that will be bringing you their training virtually and they are so happy to do so. Adam Timm from the Healthy Dispatcher and Jim Marshall the 911 Training institute will join us on both days of the conference. Please go to our website at www.ksapco.org for more information and register. The draft schedule will be posted on our website as soon as we get it finished up.

All KANSAS APCO members will be able to sign up for the virtual conference for FREE! All other attendees will pay a $25 fee.

The first 300 attendees signed up, will receive a Kansas APCO swag bag with items from our sponsors and our chapter. We will have several breakout sessions, virtual exhibition hall from our sponsors and vendors and much more! Our Kansas APCO Business meeting will be held virtually too. We will have prize giveaways throughout the conference.

The Spring 2021 Conference will be April 11th-14th, 2021 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, KS (we hope).

You may contact Becky Snook, Chapter Secretary at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov for more information.

Fall Conference Survey

Good morning Kansas APCO- The Kansas APCO executive board has been working very hard at making arrangements for our Fall Virtual Conference. We would really like your input on a few things. Please help us out by taking this very quick 4 question survey to guide us in the right direction. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XDHPJGG
We want this to be what you are hoping for during this time of virtual attendance for everyone’s safety. We miss seeing you all and we really hope that 2021 will bring us all back together again physically and safely. 
We have two fabulous keynote speakers that will be bringing you their training virtually and they are so happy to do so. Adam Timm from the Healthy Dispatcher and Jim Marshall the 911 Training institute will join us on both days of the conference. I will email out to this group again for future updates or you can go to our website at www.ksapco.org.
The virtual conference will be held on October 5th and 6th, 2020. As we work with our virtual platform vendor, we will share more details on how to sign up. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Have a great day!