911 Council Workshop

May 1st, 2018 members of the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council and their partners at the KBI Facility on the Washburn Campus.  Thanks everyone for a successful workshop discussing the roadmap for the next year!

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Chief Heitschmidt Announces Retirement

Chief Heitschmidt announced he will retire from the Hutchinson Police Department October 1, 2018.

Read more about his announcement here http://www.hutchpost.com/hpd-chief-dick-heitschmidt-to-retire/

Latest Version of SB 420 Update

• 911 Act: Hearing was held. We worked extensively with the Kansas Association of Counties and other parties to support getting this bill out of committee. However, the Committee Chair announced in committee there were too many questions surrounding the fees and the bill would not be worked. The upcoming Legislative Post Audit Report was also mentioned as a reason for the delay. He advised he wanted to work with the parties over the interim to create a bill to be introduced early in the 2019 session. The bill is now officially dead.

http://www.kansas911.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SB-420-Group-Amendment-update-2.pdf

This is the latest version that we have of Senate Bill 420.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Lori Alexander at lori.alexander@kansas911.org

or Scott Ekberg at scott.ekberg@kansas911.org

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Answering the Call for Help

The call handling system the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council utilizes for the statewide call handling solution has been acquired by Motorola Solutions.  Motorola Solutions has featured videos on the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council in regard to Text-to-911 and Answering the Call for Help on their website.  You can view the videos at the following link

Happy Anniversary 911!

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST 911 CALL

Topeka, KS, February 16, 2018– The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council would like to recognize the 911 professionals of Kansas on the 50th anniversary of the 1st 911 call.

On Feb16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite, made the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.

From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to consumer expectations.

Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get better, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property.

Kansas PSAPs are the vital link in saving lives and property. The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council has worked to provide a statewide call handling system that is ready for Next Generation technology.

In the coming months Kansas PSAPs on the statewide call handling system will be migrating to state-of-the art i3 standardized architecture. This upgrade will allow for new communications technologies to be utilized in contacting 911. The 78 PSAPs currently on the statewide call handling system are able to receive text-to-911. The future will bring the possibility of pictures, videos and telematics to 911 centers.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 911,
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

 

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Update to the 911 Outage January 27th, 2018

Today we received the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) report from AT&T in regard to the outage we experienced on the statewide hosted system on January 27th. As we had expected, the RCA shows that multiple events led to the outage. We were sure that this would be the case, as the system design would not allow a single fiber cut to create a 911 service event like we experienced. The corrective action plan, in our opinion, will make a recurrence of an event like this extremely unlikely. You can read the full RCA report here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Lori Alexander, 911 Liaison

lori.alexander@kansas911.org

 

Kansas 911 ACT – Updated Bill Proposal

Here is the latest draft bill that we believe is being introduced today to the legislature.  Once the bill is introduced there will be committee hearings and floor debate.  As a result of these hearings and debate there could be changes to the proposed bill.  We encourage you to contact your state legislators asking for their support of the draft bill.

http://www.kansas911.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Kansas-911-Act-Draft-final-02092018.pdf

 

 

 

KS APCO/KS 911 Coordinating Council Conference October 2017

The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council has partnered with Kansas Chapter of APCO to host the fall conference in Newton, Kansas.

The conference provide three days of training and networking opportunities to Kansas Public Safety Telecommunicators.  http://www.ksapco.org/home.html

http://www.thekansan.com/news/20171010/apco-conference-kicks-off-in-newton

http://www.thekansan.com/news/20171011/apco-honors-rankin-for-40-years-of-service