9-1-1 Misuse and Wireless Location Accuracy Addressed in New Public Education Campaign

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APCO Emphasizes Education in its Celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

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We truly believe that a large part of this involves providing the public with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the work of these talented and dedicated professionals and the challenges they face everyday in their efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens they serve.

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International today released two public service announcements as a part of their campaign to educate the public about the proper use of 9-1-1. These public service announcements, released for broadcast during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, use humor to address two very serious issues plaguing the 9-1-1 system - the misuse of 9-1-1 for non-emergencies and the challenges associated with calling 9-1-1 from mobile phones.

APCO International recognizes the second full week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This week, celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life saving assistance to the citizens of the U.S.

"The importance of recognizing and celebrating the hard work of these dedicated professionals at every level is immeasurable," APCO International President Chris Fischer said. "We truly believe that a large part of this involves providing the public with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the work of these talented and dedicated professionals and the challenges they face everyday in their efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens they serve."

The public service announcements can be viewed and shared on the APCO International Web site at http://www.apcointl.org/psa.php or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LVKOM-hUi0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-0TIG4xQUM. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the public service announcements contact Courtney McCarron Hastings at mccarronc (at) apco911.org or 571.312.4400 x7002.

About APCO International
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. APCO International serves the professional needs of its 15,000 members worldwide by creating a platform for setting professional standards, addressing professional issues and providing education, products and services for people who manage, operate, maintain and supply the communications systems used by police, fire and emergency medical dispatch agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.apcointl.org.

Contact: Courtney McCarron Hastings
571.312.4400 x7002    

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