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Notice of Virginia APCO Membership Meeting at Fall Conference

Pursuant to VA APCO’s Bylaws, notice is hereby given that the Virginia Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, Inc. will hold an annual membership meeting during the VA APCO 2021 Fall Conference, Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 at 1600, in the Roanoke Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia. The membership is advised of the following agenda:

I. Reports of activities and financial condition of the association

II. Awards presentations for 2019 and 2020 recipients

III. Vote on proposed Bylaws amendment. See highlighted proposal below.

IV. Member comments/questions

V. Announcement of election results and swearing in of 2022 Board

Proposed Bylaws Amendment:

The following proposed amendment was unanimously adopted by the Board. It pertains to the position of Treasurer under paragraph 6.6 of the Bylaws. It is intended to address any conflict of interest (actual or perceived) that might arise if members of the same PSAP have sole oversight of funds authorization. The President and Treasurer have historically retained these authorities. Our current President-Elect is from the same PSAP as our current Treasurer. This amendment will require that someone other than the President, when the individual assumes that position, will retain check signing and credit card authority.

6.6.4 He/She can be from the same PSAP as the Vice President and can continue in this capacity as the Vice President advances in rank as prescribed in these By-laws. In this case, a member in the succession chain (Immediate Past President, President, President Elect) shall retain budget, check writing and credit card authority so that at no time are all funds approval/processing authority vested in members belonging to the same PSAP. This alternate funds manager will be agreed to by the Board of Directors.

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Virginia Public Safety Communications Conference and Exposition

12th Annual Statewide APCO-NENA-Interoperability Conference

Registration is now OPEN!

We look forward to seeing everyone in Beautiful Hotel Roanoke as we learn and network safely together.

Click Here for Conference Information and/or to Register

Virginia APCO is excited to announce Fall APCO/NENA/SIEC Conference is a go! We will gather at Hotel Roanoke, October 27-29, 2021 for exciting training opportunities. Jen McDonough, also known as The Iron Woman, and author of Living Beyond Awesome, From Couch Potato to an Ironman Triathlete, will be our keynote speaker and be speaking at two sessions. We will have sessions on mental health and Marcus Alert, and our new SIEC director will be sharing some exciting training as well. And of course, we will have our annual costume party/dance with our favorite live band, Enovation! We will be working closely with Hotel Roanoke to ensure all CDC guidelines are followed. We have missed seeing old friends, making new ones, and learning what is most relevant in our industry today. We hope to see you there!

Virginia APCO is concerned about your safety and will follow all State and CDC Guidelines in place at the time of the conference.

Your Conference Chairs,

Denice Crowder and Joell Kight


October 27, 2021 - October 29, 2021

Hotel Roanoke

110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24016

Vendors/Sponsors:  Register at

General Attendee Registration
Click Here to Register
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Call for Nominations - 2022 APCO Chapter Board

Good day Virginia APCO Members

The nominations for the Virginia APCO Board are now open for the 2022 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, it is for anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference in our industry.

The rewards from serving on the board are limitless, you have the opportunity to meet some really amazing people and build relationships that are priceless!!!!

There are five positions available on the board this year or eligible for re-election.

Vice President


Executive Council

Two Director at Large Positions

To learn about the positions, follow the below link to the by-laws.

If you have any additional questions after reviewing the by-laws please feel free to contact me before September 30, 2021 at

Submissions need to include a copy of your bio, a photograph of yourself, and a letter of support from your direct supervisor indicating your agency supports your participation on the board.

The deadline to submit your nominations packet to me by September 30, 2021 at

Jada Lee, ENP

Director of ECCS, Virginia Beach

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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


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Our website will be getting some updates shortly.  We apologize for the delay caused by other work assignments during the pandemic.  Stay safe!

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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:   

Link to specific PSAP COVID-19 information:                               

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 and also follow our Twitter Feed at .

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