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Fall Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2022 VA APCO/NENA/Interoperability Conference beginning on October 26, 2022, is now open!

The 2022 Annual APCO/NENA and Interoperability Conference & Expo is the premier event for public safety communications officials, from frontline telecommunicators to communications center managers to public safety communications equipment and services vendors. Starting October 26, this in-person event will offer three days of educational sessions, committee meetings, and special events, paired with two days of exhibits. This event will take place at the Hotel Roanoke in beautiful downtown Roanoke, VA.

For more details, to register, and to book your hotel, visit our conference website:
https://cvent.me/QQ8oex

We can't wait to see everyone!

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
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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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