Texas APCO and Texas NENA have partnered to raise funds for Telecommunicators who were impacted by or during Covid. Please click this link to be taken to the Joint Conference website where you can make a donation, purchase a raffle ticket, or both! If you have been impacted by the virus, you will also find the application for relief using the same link.
Click on the attached video for a quick word from Robbyn Hart and Leticia Truex!
In February, President Kelle Simon and President Elect Jeremy Hill traveled to the Nation’s Capital to participate in the annual NENA event, 9-1-1 Goes to Washington. The event is “…a significant opportunity to shape the nation’s emergency communications policy agenda.” During the days on Capitol Hill, Kelle and Jeremy had the opportunity to meet key politicians and kept the topic of reclassification for Emergency Dispatchers in the forefront of discussions. While not everyone will have the chance to participate in 9-1-1 Goes to Washington, one thing agencies can do at the local level is contact Congressman Joaquin Castro, who is on the committee reviewing the bill. Invite your legislators into your centers to give them first hand knowledge of what it is we’re doing 24/7 as the First, First Responders!
Effective September 1, 2019, the State Legislature voted to include emergency dispatchers in the umbrella of first responders. Click here to read about our success on CNN.
Even more good news comes with this recognition: Wayland Baptist University has invited us to take advantage of their Law Enforcement Scholarship and Academic Program!
Good afternoon: I wanted to let you know that starting with our upcoming Winter term, certified dispatchers in the great state of Texas now qualify for the Law Enforcement Scholarship and Academic Program offered at Wayland! Spouses and dependent children also qualify. You can read more here. Look for the red text! Please help us get the word out to all your dispatchers. Let me know if you have questions or need more information. As always, thanks for what you do. Sincerely, Dr. Daniel Brown Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives (806) 291-3416 Wayland Baptist University 1900 W. 7th St. CMB 1305 Plainview, TX 79072