DOÑA ANA COUNTY HOSTS STATE MEETING OF EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS

DOÑA ANA COUNTY HOSTS STATE MEETING OF EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS

More than 125 of the state’s emergency-call dispatchers will be in Las Cruces Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22 and 23, for the annual co-meeting of the state chapters of the Association of Public-safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
Darrell Smith, president of the New Mexico APCO chapter and coordinator for the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, will co-preside over the two-day meeting, which will feature training sessions and guest speakers. Also presiding will be Lincoln County’s Johnny Johnson, president of the state’s NENA chapter.
Smith, who has served as New Mexico’s APCO president since 1995, said the annual meeting and training workshops help keep New Mexico dispatchers and emergency communication coordinators at the forefront of a rapidly evolving field.
The state meeting, he said, comes on the heels of the national conference of APCO, which was held in Albuquerque last month and was attended by more than 7,000 emergency communication personnel from all over the United States. As president of the New Mexico APCO chapter, Smith presided over that gathering, as well.
The state conference in Las Cruces, he said, will offer guest lectures by experts in the field of 911 call-processing, funding, equipment changes and coordination.
For more information about the conference, call Smith at (505) 523-4447.