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Monday, February 22, 2016

Preview of Class Topics for 2016 Kansas APCO Spring Conference - Don't Miss Out!

Monday, April 11:

TERT—all day--JL Ellis

911 Coordinating Council Meetings:
·         08:30-09:45-Subcommittee meetings:
o   Technical, Operations, GIS, Administration, Training
·         10:00-noon—911 Coordinating Council Meeting
·         15:00-17:00—NG911 Update and Q&A-Users’ Group

16:30-17:00—Former ASTRA Users’ Group meeting

Tuesday morning, April 12:

·         General session on Active Shooter and an overview of the FBI Terrorism Task Force-Topeka Police Department Officer Doug Ping
·         General session on Ethics—Dennis Butler, Ottawa Police Chief
·         General session on Media Relations—Dennis Butler, Ottawa Police Chief

Wednesday morning, April 13:

·         General session on Teambuilding: Norby Rudel, Internal Performance International
·         General session on Legislative Updates and KCJIS: Ed Klumpp on legislative updates and Gordon Lansford on KCJIS

Tuesday and Wednesday Breakout Classes

·         NG911 Website and Portal for Administrators-- Michele Abbott-Director, Administrative Services/E911 Director, Hutchinson Police Department
·         GROW—recognizing opportunities to grow in your life and balancing home and work life-- Lt. Kristin Gill-Sedgwick CO Emergency Communications and Management
·         Transitioning from Peer to Supervisor—Lt. Kristin Gill-Sedgwick CO Emergency Communications and Management
·         NLETS-KBI
·         Safety and Communication-Chad Omitt, National Weather Service
·         ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 802 ESF2—SNSO Cpl. Errin Mahan and a team from Shawnee County Emergency Management
·         NCIC Violent Person File--KHP
·         Supervision and employee performance reviews-Norby Rudel
·         PS Connect—Bill Duggan-Director, Lyon County Emergency Communications Center
·         Leadership—Bill Duggan- Director, Lyon County Emergency Communications Center
·         Nationwide Public Broadband Network/FirstNet-Craig Divoll-Kansas Office of Emergency Communications
·         Kansas Statewide Interoperable Communication System and Motobridge—Michaela Isch-Kansas Office of Emergency Communications
·         TIM-Traffic Incident Management—Kansas Department of Transportation


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Communications Training Officer Course

On March 30 thru April 01, Lyon County Emergency Communications Center will be co-hosting the APCO Institute course, Communications Training Officer class. If you have any CTOs that need to be trained, or if you are interesting in starting a CTO program in your agency, this is an excellent training to attend!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

KS TERT Basic Awareness Training

The Kansas Chapter of APCO is pleased to be partnering with the Kansas Office of Emergency Communications to offer KS-TERT Basic Awareness Training in conjunction with the Spring APCO Conference in Topeka! Check out the conference page on ksapco.org for more information. Don't wait, space is limited!

Proposed Amendments to Kansas APCO Bylaws

Greetings KS APCO Members 

Official Constitution & Bylaw Amendment Notice 

During the 2016 Spring Conference general business meeting the attached proposed constitution & bylaw amendments will be voted on in accordance within the existing C & B Section 4.2. 

The Chapter Executive Board’s intent is that the Chapter Constitution & Bylaws should mirror APCO International bylaws when and where applicable.  Our current bylaws are antiquated, lacking current practices and procedures.  The last time Chapter bylaws were revised was in October of 1998. 

The proposed amendments will be posted on the Chapter web site http://www.ksapco.org as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recognize a Hero!

Do you have a hero in your midst? Here is a great opportunity to recognize them and show them how much you appreciate their dedication! Nominations for Telecommunicator of the Year, Line Supervisor of the Year, Director of the Year, and Team of the Year are being accepted now through March 11th for recognition at the Spring APCO conference on April 11th. You do not have to be an APCO member or even a dispatcher to submit a nomination (hint, hint to the agencies we dispatch for). Nominations will be forwarded to a neighboring state's APCO chapter for final determination of winners.
Visit APCO's website for nomination forms.http://www.ksapco.org/awards.html

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Greetings for the New Year!

Greetings KS APCO Members,

I hope 2015 was prosperous and that 2016 will be even better
Since the New Year has been rung in I’m excited for what the Kansas Chapter of APCO has planned for 2016.  But before we talk about 2016 please take some time and reflect about all the exceptional incidents handled by your peers.  Once again we will be recognizing the telecommunicator, team, line supervisor, & director of the year.  Updated nomination forms are available now at http://www.ksapco.org/awards.html

Following are just a few of the things happening in 2016:

The Spring Conference will be back in Topeka, KS April 11th through April 13th, with the Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel & Convention Center serving as the conference hotel. Once again Shawnee County Emergency Communications will be our host agency and they have been busy planning an awesome conference with excellent training.  Remember to check our chapter social media sites for updated information on conference registration, and scheduling.  Don’t forget!! NOMINATE those outstanding co-workers.

The Fall Conference will be back in Wichita, KS October 17th through October 19th, with the Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35 serving as the conference hotel.  Sedgwick County Emergency Communications will be our specular host agency.  Chapter elections are held during the fall conference.  The chapter is always looking for future leaders.  If you have questions about serving your fellow Chapter members, contact Past President Lance Royer who is the Nominations Committee Chair or any other board member.

We are always looking for conference hosts. If your agency is interested in hosting let us know.

Once again I look forward to serving the membership in 2016 as your Chapter President.  If you have questions, concerns, or comments please contact me at jmichaelis@rcsoks.org

I look forward to creating, renewing, & strengthening our Chapter Membership.

Hope to see you in Topeka



Josh

Friday, September 4, 2015

Conference Registration is Available - Join us in Dodge City!

The Fall 2015 Kansas APCO Conference, hosted by Ford County 911 and Garden City Police Department, is being held at the United Wireless Arena, with hotel accommodations available at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Dodge City.  This is an awesome venue and will be an amazing conference - you don't want to miss it!

The conference is October 12th through the 14th and registration is available up to the start of the conference but register before September 28th to take advantage of early bird rates!

Check out the Kansas APCO website for registration information, a conference schedule, and more!