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APCO Announces ANSI Approval of Revisions to Standard for Alarm Interface Data Exchanges

Some highlights in the revision include the addition of data elements to accommodate the introduction of a Message Broker, a standardized list of message status terminology, an expanded list of alarm event types, and the capture of an alarm service organization name.

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Silent Key: James “Jimmy” Allen Reed

Honoring former president of the Kansas chapter of APCO

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APCO Welcomes Announcement of New FirstNet Board Members

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced five new members of the FirstNet Board of Directors. Secretary Pritzker appointed Sheriff Richard Stanek of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Chief of Police Chris Burbank of Salt Lake City, Utah, former Vermont Governor James Douglas, Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, Texas, and technology executive Frank Plastina. Additionally, Secretary Pritzker reappointed Ed Reynolds, who is one of the board’s inaugural members.

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Bob Red Button

Silent Key: Robert B. “Red” Button

“Red” Button was a public safety dispatcher, APCO member and trainer for the Mansfield Fire and Police Departments.

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Silent Key: David Binns

David Binns was an active Commercial Member of APCO for more than 30 years, and was a familiar face on the APCO conference exhibit floor, always with a big Texas smile and welcoming handshake.

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Silent Key: Bob Moesch

Moesch exhibited integrity, reliability, dependability and dedication throughout his APCO career.

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Lancaster County-Wide Communications Receives APCO P33 Certification

Public safety agencies utilize P33 Certification as a formal mechanism to ensure their training programs meet APCO American National Standards (ANS). Initial and continuing training for public safety telecommunicators is important as they provide essential services to the public in an expanding and rapidly changing environment.

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