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2022 VA NENA-APCO Spring Conference
Virginia Beach
May 18-20, 2022

Registration is now open for the 2022 Virginia NENA/APCO Spring Conference! Visit the Upcoming Conferences page.

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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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