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PA APCO Annual Christmas Dinner

December 8, 2016

Please plan to join us at the Revere Tavern for a business meeting starting at 1700 followed with dinner, dancing, and entertainment with the sounds of Kevin Pierce.

Dinner choices include a tender and juicy thick hand cut prime rib served with au-jus sauce, or an all white meat breast of turkey served with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. If poultry or beef don’t tickle your fancy, order the flounder del ray, a fillet of flounder stuffed with crab imperial and topped with a rich lobster sauce.

The cost of dinner and a full night of  entertainment is only $10 for members and $10 for non members. Don’t delay, send in the attached registration form.

Overnight accommodations are available starting at $69 per night in the annex building and $79.00 per night in the main building plus  taxes and can be secured by contacting the Revere Inn directly.

Revere Inn
3063 Lincoln Highway
Paradise, PA
800-429-7383
www.reveretavern.com

 

 

 

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Diane M. Benner, age 70, Bloomsburg formerly of Lehighton, died suddenly on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in Bloomsburg. Diane was a resident of her Mt. Pleasant Township home for over 22 years.

diane-benner-1473762663Diane was born on Saturday, November 10, 1945 in Lehighton, daughter of the late Gilbert L. and Pauline E. (Walck) Benner. She was a 1963 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Lehighton, PA.

Diane was active in the Boy Scouts of America starting out as a Den Mother and advancing to a representative for the Minsi Trails Council for youths in the Anthracite, Pocono Mountain and Lehigh Valley Regions. She even had the opportunity to travel to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico on several occasions for advanced leadership training.

Diane was, to put it mildly, a collector of Teddy bears. Her collection of bears and Teddy-bear-related items numbered in the thousands. She also enjoyed doing crafts, playing cards and being with her friends.

Diane’s true passion, though, was Emergency Services. Through years of classes, seminars, and training in the EMT and Emergency Communications fields she became an instructor in those same fields. Diane was a member of the Bloomsburg Ambulance Association for over 30 years. For many years she was Chief Deputy Coroner of Columbia County serving under Coroner Dr. Alley. Diane was a Columbia County emergency services dispatcher for over 17 years. She was a lifetime member and an instructor for APCO International. For many years Diane was an auditor for Mt. Pleasant Township.

Currently she was employed by Greater Columbia Medical Transport as an EMT at the Sober Room at Bloomsburg University.

Survivors include her son, Chad M. Benner and wife, Kim; a grandson, Garrett G. Dieter, all of Palmerton, PA; two brothers: David Benner of Yuba City, CA and Dean Benner and companion, Doreen Miller, of Landsford, PA; also a sister, Donna, wife of Victor Leidy of Lehighton, PA.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Inc., 745 Market at Eighth St., Bloomsburg.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bloomsburg Fire Department Social Hall, 911 Market St., Bloomsburg on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

A memorial service will also be held the following week at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Lehighton with internment to follow at Franklin Heights Cemetery also in Lehighton. Service details will be published in a future edition of the Press Enterprise.

Contributions in Diane’s honor and memory are suggested to the family or any local Emergency Services Organization.

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Signatures Needed - Sign and Pass Along

As the federal government nears a final decision on whether to update its classification system describing occupations in the United States, APCO has launched a White House petition entitled "9-1-1 Professionals Should Be Recognized for Protecting and Saving Lives." The goal of this petition, timed with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, is to draw attention to the need to classify Public Safety Telecommunicators as Protective Service Occupations.

Sign the Petition

Send to colleagues, family and friends using this link: www.apcointl.org/whitehousepetition 

The deadline to collect 100,000 signatures is May 7.

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Chapter Members enjoyed the Holiday Season festivities at the Historic Revere Tavern for the annual Christmas dinner meeting. The 2016-2017 Board of Directors were sworn in by Past President Kathy Skiles.

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PA APCO Chapter sends condolences to the Klinger family...

Robert Wayne Klinger, 78, of Mechanicsburg, Lower Allen Twp., passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Vibra Life, Mechanicsburg.

He was a retired Communications Specialist with the Commonwealth of PA Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg and served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserves.  He was a member of the 1954 Class of John Harris High School, Harrisburg and enjoyed fishing and traveling.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewisberry, a member of P.A.R.S.E.; and a life member of both the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Bob received the 2010 John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award given by the Central PA Engineers Week Council (CPEWC).  His technical work did not end with his retirement in 2007.  In 2009, Bob served as president of CPEWC where he was a strong advocate for their educational outreach program.  He enjoyed providing technical support, arranging field trips and talking to students at Harrisburg’s ITT Technical Institute.

Bob was born in Harrisburg to the late Clarence and Helen (Snyder) Klinger and was preceded in death by his daughter Suzanne Marie Klinger.  He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Jean (Trout) Klinger; his son Douglas Robert Klinger of Etters; and three brothers, Ronald, Thomas of Dauphin and David of Harrisburg; and his feline friend Minnie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in his church, 863 Lewisberry Rd. Lewisberry, PA 17339 with the Rev. Timothy L. Hoffman, his Pastor officiating.  Viewing will be one hour prior to service time in the church.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Hilltop Cemetery, immediately adjacent to the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions in Bob’s name be made to either his church or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA  17110.

To send messages of condolence to the Klinger family or for driving directions, please visit www.Parthemore.com.

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Nominations of PA APCO Board...

 

Notice for members who are interested in office to send a resume including the office they are interested in and a copy of the Employer letter. 
Offices available are:
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Members of PA APCO and PA NENA:

As you are all aware, House Bill 911 was recently enacted into law as Act 12.  The associations of PA APCO and PA NENA have been working behind the scenes, along with PEMA, to assist the Pennsylvania 911 community in transitioning to a world under the new legislation.

One of the key charges to APCO and NENA in the new legislation is to provide recommendations to the Governor for appointments to the 911 Board.  This would be in addition to an organization representative from APCO and NENA serving as non-voting members on the 911 Board.  The language specifying the makeup of the 911 board is included in this email, with the section confirming this highlighted.  

The leadership of PA APCO and PA NENA have agreed to a strategy for working in concert on this.  We have agreed to the following: 

  1. PA APCO and PA NENA are asking members who are interested in serving on the Board to send a formal letter of intent to either Brian Melcer, President, PA NENA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Scott Krater, President, PA APCO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  A resume, biography and 3 references in the PA 911 community should be attached to the letter of intent.  Please submit letters of  intent no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
    • If you had previously indicated your interest verbally or in writing to PA APCO or PA NENA, we are asking you to formally do so again using the guidelines listed above.
    • The legislation requires that the appointee be a 9-1-1 coordinator.  This would be the 9-1-1 coordinator for a county as denoted on PEMA's list of 911 plan  coordinators.
  2. APCO and NENA will obtain the recommendations for Commissioner appointments from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)--when they are ready to release them.  It is our intention to cross check their appointments with the letters of interest received by APCO and NENA, as the legislation has language prohibiting a County Commissioner and a 9-1-1 coordinator from the same county serving on the Board.
  3. APCO and NENA will directly contact the City of Philadelphia and Allegheny County to confirm the name of their 9-1-1 coordinator who will sit on the Board, as is spelled out in the legislation.
  4. At the Fall NENA Conference in September, a joint committee of 3 NENA and 3 APCO executive board members will convene.  Together, they will review the list of interested candidates and select the best recommendations for the Board to submit to Governor Wolf.  As with the spirit of the legislation, the committee will review the candidates to ensure that nominees are sufficiently proficient in 911 policies, operations and technologies and that the nominees provide a  diverse representation from the western, central and eastern regions of this Commonwealth.
  5. Since APCO and NENA must ensure that the appropriate class of counties are represented as per Act 12, if no letters of interest are submitted, they shall reserve the right to contact and recommend a coordinator who has not submitted a letter of intent.
  6. The joint committee of APCO and NENA shall compile the list of recommendations and submit them in a joint letter to the Governor.

We look forward to working with those of you who are interested in serving in this valuable role for 9-1-1 in Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Brian Melcer, President, PA NENA

Scott Krater, President, PA APCO

 

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Establishment of 911 board.--There is established a board within the agency to be known as the 911 board.

The board shall be comprised of the following:

(1)  The following State officials, who shall serve as voting members:

(i)  The director of the agency, who shall act as chairperson.

(ii)  The State 911 coordinator.

(iii)  The Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.

(iv)  The chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Senate.

(v)  The minority chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Senate.

(vi)  The chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the House of Representatives.

(vii)  The minority chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the House of Representatives.

(2)  The following local officials, who shall serve as voting members:

(i)  The mayor of a city of the first class.

(ii)  A county executive of a county of the second class.

(iii)  A county commissioner of a county of the second class A, or a home rule equivalent.

(iv)  A county commissioner of a county of the third or fourth class, or its home rule equivalent.

(v)  Two county commissioners of a county of the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth class, or a home rule equivalent.

(vi)  The 911 coordinator of a city of the first class.

(vii)  The 911 coordinator of a county of the second class.

(viii)  The 911 coordinator of a county of the second class A.

(ix)  The 911 coordinator of a county of the third or fourth class.

(x)  Two 911 coordinators of a county of the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth class.

(3)  A representative from the following State agencies, who shall serve as nonvoting members, to be appointed by the chief executive or administrative officer of each agency:

(i)  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

(ii)  The Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

(iii)  The Governor's Office of Administration.

(4)  A representative from the following Statewide associations, who shall serve as nonvoting members:

(i)  The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

(ii)  The Fraternal Order of Police.

(iii)  The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.

(iv)  The Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute.

(v)  The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

(vi)  The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association.

(vii)  The Keystone Emergency Management Association.

(viii)  The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.

(ix)  The Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania.

(x)  The Pennsylvania Wireless Association.

(xi)  The Pennsylvania Telephone Association.

(xii)  The Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania.

(xiii)  The Pennsylvania Municipal League.

(xiv)  The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

(xv)  The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

(xvi)  The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners.

(5)  A member of the general public, who shall serve as a nonvoting member.

(b.1)  Designee.--A voting member of the board may appoint a designee who must be an employee of the same agency or organization as the voting member to attend meetings.

(b.2)  Gubernatorial appointees.--The Governor shall appoint the board members under subsection (b)(2)(iii), (iv), (v), (viii), (ix) and (x), (4) and (5) upon the recommendation of Statewide organizations and industry segments. Recommendations for appointments of county officials under subsection (b)(2) shall be requested by the Governor from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and recommendations for appointments of 911 coordinators under subsection (b)(2) shall be requested by the Governor from the State chapters of the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public Communications Officials. The following shall apply:

(1)  Members appointed by the Governor are appointed to terms of two years and may serve no more than three consecutive terms.

(2)  The Statewide organizations shall ensure that nominees are sufficiently proficient in 911 policies, operations and technologies and that the nominees provide a diverse representation from the western, central and eastern regions of this Commonwealth.

(3)  The Governor shall make the initial appointments of members under subsection (b)(2), (4) and (5) within 90 days of the effective date of this paragraph. Initial terms for members appointed by the Governor shall be divided between one-year and two-year terms.

(4)  Except a member appointed under subsection (b)(2)(i), (ii), (vi) or (vii), the Governor may remove an appointed member of the board for cause upon written notice to the board.

(5)  A member's nonparticipation in three consecutive board meetings may be considered cause for removal.

(b.3)  Quorum.--Thirteen members of the board shall constitute a quorum. When a quorum is present, three-fourths consent of members present and voting is required for any action of the board.

(b.4)  Meetings.--The board shall meet at least once quarterly and at any special session called by the chairperson. All meetings of the board shall be conducted in accordance with 65 Pa.C.S. Ch. 7 (relating to open meetings).

(b.5)  Compensation.--The members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary travel and other expenses in connection with attendance at meetings called by the chairperson.

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Read the most recent drafts of the 9-1-1 funding legislation that is being jointly developed by APCO/NENA/CCAP.

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