APCO International Announces Call for Public Safety Communications Award Nominations


January 19, 2011 Daytona Beach, FL ––The Association of Public-Safety Communications-Officials International (APCO) announces the opening of nominations for its public safety communications awards program.

APCO is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Public Safety Communications Awards in the following categories: Telecommunicator of the Year, Communications Center Director of the Year, Line Supervisor of the Year, Radio Frequency (RF) Technologist of the Year, Information Technologist of the Year, Trainer of the Year, and Team of the Year. Winners will receive their awards in front of thousands at the APCO International Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA in August, 2011.

Recognizing the critical nature of jobs performed by public safety communications professionals, these awards are designed to honor individuals who serve our citizens and public safety responders daily; working hard behind the scenes to provide the safest, most efficient communications in emergency situations.

“These are the hero’s behind the scenes answering the emergency calls, dispatching responders, maintaining the radios and information technology that allows for efficient communications during these emergencies, and training, supervising, and managing these centers,” said Margie Puckett, RPL, Director of Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, and APCO International Awards Committee Chair. “Without our 9-1-1 and communications professionals, the critical link between the emergency and the emergency responders would fail.”

Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2011.

Award descriptions, eligibility requirements, nomination form, and submission instructions can be found online at http://www.apcointl.org/new/membership/awards.php

About APCO InternationalAPCO International is the world’s largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide—and the welfare of the general public as a whole—by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach