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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Governors Council to sponsor training

the governor's Advisory Council on Domestic Violence is hosting training for comm specialists, dispatchers, and call-takers on July 30th in Wichita.  For more information, visit

Monday, July 14, 2014

KSAPCO gearing up for annual conference in Wichita

From Elora Randleas, Sedgwick County Emergency Communications - The Kansas Chapter of APCO is gearing up for its 2014 state conference and the lineup is exciting!  This year’s conference is being hosted by Sedgwick County Emergency Communications and will be held at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Wichita East, located at 549 S. Rock Rd, Wichita, KS.  The conference is Monday, October 13th through Wednesday, October 15th

The conference will kick off on Monday with registration and time with our loyal vendors.  Then you’ll need to dust off your cowboy boots for the Voice Products Customer Appreciation “Hillbilly Hoedown” – yee haw!

Kevin Willett from Public Safety Training Consultants will be joining us on Tuesday, presenting “Complacency, Cannibalism and Critical Thinking.  How to Avoid a Toxic Workplace,” a class that will provide you the tools to make a positive change in yourself and within your comm center. 

Tuesday night we will present our Telecommunicator, Director, Line Supervisor, Trainer and Team of the Year Awards.  Then we will kick off our banquet dinner and entertainment.  The entertainment this year, sponsored by Cassidian Communications, is something new and exciting, something we’ve never done at an APCO conference, so you won’t want to miss it!

Kevin will be joining us again on Wednesday morning to present training on the Denise Amber Lee tragedy.  Amber was tragically kidnapped, raped and murdered in Florida and this case study provides valuable insight into how emergency calls should be handled and will remind you why you chose this profession.   We will also be joined by Tammy Koehn, the 911 Director in Moore, Oklahoma.  Tammy and her team were responsible for the dispatching duties during the devastating 2013 tornado that ripped through their city, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.  The day will continue with various breakout sessions on exciting topics in the telecommunications industry.

This will be a conference full of interesting training topics that will provide real opportunities for growth! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Statewide interoperability - KDOT Towers

From Michelle Abbott, KS SIEC - On June 25, 2014, the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) was briefed by representatives from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) of their plan to issue a Request for Proposal seeking a consultant with expertise in relevant technology and communication systems to conduct an inventory and analysis of the Kansas Statewide Interoperable Communications System (KSICS) and identify strategic options for its long term sustainment.
The current structure where KDOT is identified as the sole owner and operator of the system is not sustainable and this study is necessary in order to ensure long term funding and viability.
The Kansas P25 trunked radio system is nationally recognized as a benchmark public safety capability and it is the desire of the SIEC to maintain and solidify this status.  Significant investment has been made by all partners in this endeavor and this will be of primary consideration during this collaborative discussion.
The Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee supports the solicitation of this study and the goal of identifying options that ensure the longevity of the system and greatest access for all users. As this process will take many months, there is no expectation of any immediate or drastic changes.  KDOT and SIEC endeavor to approach this undertaking in a collaborative manner and will share information with stakeholders as the conversation progresses.
Agencies with questions or concerns are requested to reach out to their Association Representative.

June MCS Newsletter

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Awards to be given at Fall Conference

Since only one KSAPCO Conference is scheduled for this year, the awards normally presented at the Spring Conference will be given at the Fall Conference.
This year, additional awards have been added to the "Telecommunicator of the Year", including "Communications Director of the Year", "Line Supervisor of the Year", and "Communications Team of the Year".

The deadline for all nominations is August 15, 2014.  More information, as well as nomination forms can be found online at

MCS Newsletter

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