APCO Brings Public Safety to the Middle East

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The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced today that its training arm is reaching to Saudi Arabia in an effort to help secure a local university.

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We are happy to support this effort by ensuring KAUST communications personnel are fully trained, self sufficient and prepared to successfully handle fire, EMS or police-related emergency calls.

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced today that its training arm is reaching to Saudi Arabia in an effort to help secure a local university. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has accepted the APCO Institute's proposal to provide an all-inclusive training program for communications personnel in their new communications center.

KAUST is being built as an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world. Its core campus occupies more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea, and sits approximately 80 kilometers north of Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah. KAUST's goal is to advance the mission of the university by providing and maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment for the KAUST community. As part of this effort, KAUST will staff a 20-person communications center and utilize all of the APCO Institute's training programs and support software.

"The ultimate goal is to respect the rights and protect the safety of all students, staff, residents and visitors of their campus," APCO International President Chris Fischer said. "We are happy to support this effort by ensuring KAUST communications personnel are fully trained, self sufficient and prepared to successfully handle fire, EMS or police-related emergency calls."

The training will be conducted over a three-month period by APCO Institute Adjunct Instructor Mark Boudreaux, director of Terrebonne 911 District in Louisiana, and will begin in April.

About APCO Institute

APCO Institute, a subsidiary of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, is the premier organization addressing educational and certification needs of public safety communications agencies. The Institute offers a selection of affordable training and educational resources for public safety communicators throughout the United States and in the international arena. Instructional offerings range from first-line basic training to supervisory, and communication center management courses, technical testing, agency and agent certification, and Web Seminars addressing current public safety communications issues. APCO Institute offers several training options including certification programs through traditional classroom instruction and APCO Institute Online internet-based training. APCO Virtual College, a cooperative effort between APCO Institute and the Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP) offers a degree program in Public Safety Communications. APCO Virtual College is an internet-based distance learning academic program designed for, and directed specifically toward individuals in the public safety communication. For more information, visit http://www.apcoinstitute.org .

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 .

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