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APCO Commends FCC Public Safety Bureau Report and Recommendations on Significant Multistate 9-1-1 Outage

APCO President John Wright applauded the Bureau’s work, stating “the Bureau performed a commendable job in its careful review and attention to investigating the scope and causes of this outage, and APCO agrees that lapses like this need to be avoided at all costs.”

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APCO Announces Approval of Best Practices for the Use of Social Media in Public Safety Communications

The standard provides a foundation for agencies to develop specific operational procedures and guidance for the use of social media in public safety answering points.

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Silent Key: William “Bill” McCammon

The public safety community suffered a great loss on Monday, October 13, 2014 when William “Bill” McCammon died unexpectedly during his sleep at the age of 61. McCammon was best known to APCO members through his work on D-Block and FirstNet.

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APCO International Awarded Grant from DHS for Project 25 and CAPRAD Restructuring

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has received a Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate for the implementation of Project 25 (P25) & Computer Assisted Pre-Coordination Resource & Database System (CAPRAD) Restructuring. Grant support is being phased in with an initial award of $250,000 for […]

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Interim Ebola Virus Disease Guidance for 9-1-1 PSAPs, EMS and Medical First Responders Now Available

Guidance for handling inquiries and responding to patients with suspected Ebola symptoms, and for keeping workers safe.

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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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