APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator course offered

The Mason County E-911 Center in conjunction with the Mason County Office of Emergency Services will be hosting an APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 course.

The APCO PST1 course is a comprehensive, standardized training program designed to teach new hires the basics of public safety communications and operations. This course meets and exceeds the APCO recommended minimum training standards for Public Safety Telecommunications which recommend that dispatchers have a minimum of 54 hours of classroom instruction. This course will require students to participate in lecture type classroom environments, role play based scenarios, live two way radio communication and a national examination.

Upon successful completion of the course and the exam, each student will receive a certificate of successful completion of the APCO PST1 course. The certificate is not specific to any particular state as the APCO program is a national program, the certificate is recognized across the country that the student has successfully completed the course.

Classes will begin on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Course times are scheduled from 5-9 p.m. and dates of each class are listed on the course calendar. The course will be held at the Mason County Office of Emergency Services complex in Point Pleasant and will be conducted by RC Faulk, deputy director of E-911 for Mason County.

Pre-registration is required for the course so that necessary amount of course materials can be ordered and on-hand for the start of the class. Course registration and schedule is available online at www.masoncountyoes.com and clicking the link on the website. Registration must be completed by Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Students can pay fees prior to the class or the first night of class.

— Contributed article by RC Faulk —

— Contributed article by RC Faulk —