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Call for Presentations

The Conference Committee is seeking presentations for seminars, workshops, and educational sessions designed to educate public safety communications professionals.
2022 Public Safety Communications Conference and Exposition
APCO/NENA/SIEC Conference
October 26, 2022 - October 28, 2022
Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24016
We are accepting speaker proposals now through July 15. Topics may be business-related, but not blatantly commercial or product specific.  Please submit your proposal and be sure to include all of your contact information. We will confirm that we've received your proposal. We will follow up directly with you by August 2nd if you've been selected as a speaker or if we have any questions.  Please don't follow up with us directly about the proposal status, as we will keep you informed. Thank you for your interest in the 2022 VA APCO/NENA/Interoperability Fall Conference.

For more information:   Click here for the event summary
Hotel and General Registration will open at a later date.
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Nominations for Officers and Directors Open

Virginia APCO Members:

Nominations for the Virginia Chapter of APCO Board of Directors are now open for the 2023 board. The board is seeking interested, engaged, creative individuals to serve on the board. These open positions are not just for supervisors, managers, or directors, they are for anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference in our industry.

There are four positions available for election this year:

Vice President

Treasurer

Two Director at Large Positions

All nominations are welcome as per the eligibility requirements of the chapter bylaws to hold office. To learn more about the positions, follow this link to the by-laws.

http://www.virginia-apco.org/pdfsanddocs/VA_APCO_Bylaws.May2017.pdf

Please send your nominations to Immediate Past President Ed Falcon at manuel.falcon@fairfaxcounty.gov Nominations will be open through Sept 30, 2022. Submissions must include a biography, a current photograph of yourself, and a letter of support from your direct supervisor indicating your agency supports your participation on the board.

The election will be held online via ElectionBuddy, the winners will be announced at the Fall Conference during the membership meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ed Falcon

Virginia Chapter of APCO Immediate Past President

Nominations Committee Chair

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Emergency Medical Dispatch PSAP Update

In the 2020 General Assembly, House Bill 727 made January 21, 2022 the deadline for Telelcommunicator CPR (tCPR) implementation by 9-1-1 Centers/Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP). As a result, the Spring 2021 Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant will be the last opportunity to apply for financial assistance in making this transition before the deadline. The period of performance for the current RSAF Grant cycle is 12 months, beginning July 1, 2021, which only allows six months for implementation prior to the tCPR deadline.  As tCPR is a subset of Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) protocol, an agency that implements EMD would be compliant with both the 2021 tCPR and 2024 EMD requirements. Many agencies have utilized the RSAF Grant process to assist in funding EMD implementations at 9-1-1 centers through the Commonwealth.

For more information please contact:

Rich Troshak

Emergency Operations Division

Virginia Office of EMS

804-888-9159

richard.troshak@vdh.virginia.gov

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Thanks to our telecommunicators,

the unsung heroes on the front line every day!

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COVID-19 Resources

Public Safety Communications Professionals:

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services has created the following web resources for generalCOVID-19 and PSAP specific information (links listed below). Information on these sites will be updated regularly.  

On behalf of the Virginia Department of Health and the Office of EMS, I would like to thank all of our 9-1-1 professionals for the invaluable service they provide and their continued perseverance to help our country get through this challenging time.  Please contact me if I can assist in anyway. 

Link to the general COVID-19 information: 

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/coronavirus-2019-covid-19/   

Link to specific PSAP COVID-19 information:              

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/covid-19-information-for-public-safety-answering-points-psap/                         

Rich Troshak, ENP              

Emergency Operations Specialist, Division of Emergency Operations

Office of Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Department of Health                

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APCO Seeks Reclassification of Telecommunicators as "Protective" Occupations

Thank you to the many members who responded to our Call to Action and submitted formal comments urging the federal government to reclassify Public Safety Telecommunicators as "Protective" occupations.              

For more information visit the APCO Government Relations Page                  

Stay tuned for further updates on this important issue. 

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                  Visit Virginia Chapter of APCO via Social Media

The Virginia Chapter of APCO International (VA-APCO) has launched its social media campaign using Facebook and Twitter. The Chapter wants to use avenues to promote the message of 9-1-1 and aid in the recruitment of members to the Chapter to support its vision.

Follow VA-APCO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vaapco/ and also follow our Twitter Feed at https://twitter.com/VAAPCO .
              

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