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.

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
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 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 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 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 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.

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