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Classes for 9-1-1 Emergency Communications

Current Classes

NENA’s Tactical Dispatch for the Telecommunicator

Tactical Dispatch for the Telecommunicator:

In today’s communication centers, the need for Tactical Dispatchers is increasing. Agencies are sending their 9-1-1 Telecommunicators into field situations to staff communications vehicles for a variety of incidents. In this course, Telecommunicators will be given the background and training to transition into this different role.

Topics will include: What is Tactical Dispatching, factors in deployment, on scene roles and responsibilities, and proper use of common field communication technology.

Date/Time:
May 22, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


NENA’s Disaster Planning for PSAPs

This course is a primer in disaster planning to help 9-1-1 professionals prepare for and survive calamities that can cause disruptions to PSAP systems and failures in overall PSAP operations. The class focuses on what every employee of a 9-1-1 center can do before, during, and after catastrophic events to ensure they are able to provide continuous service.

Attendees will examine the major systems found in most PSAP, including Computer Aided Dispatch, radio, GIS and mapping, power supply, 9-1-1 telephony, and mobile data, and learn what impact the failures of such systems have on PSAP operations.

Additionally, the class will address the backup procedures that PSAPs can implement and utilize in their effort to mitigate the impact of system failures. This offering employs a straightforward, non-technical approach, and provides both supervisory and non-supervisory PSAP personnel with the tools they need to help their PSAP withstand disasters.

Date/Time:
May 23, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Solacom Guardian/GeoComm GeoLynx User Training

This course is designed to provide users the skills they need to properly handle calls using the Solacom Guardian/GeoComm GeoLynx equipment.

Date/Time:
May 29, 2019, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: Free


TTY #3812

This course will prepare 9-1-1 call takers to effectively and properly process emergency calls from persons using a TDD/TTY, one of the many relay service technologies, or another device for the hearing impaired. It will also provide general knowledge of the Deaf Culture as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Date/Time:
May 29, 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


LBJ School - Management Development Program

Note: This Class Is Open to Supervisory and Management level 9-1-1 employees from CAPCOG PSAP Agencies.

Management Development Program

The three day session is designed to help participants enhance their skills in working together and managing effectively toward identified outcomes. This will be a highly interactive learning experience that is based on practical, relevant and participant-centered instructional methods that may include: small group discussions, role-play, and experiential learning activities to enhance personal and organizational effectiveness.

Participants in the session will leave with an enhanced awareness of their own effectiveness and strategies to use in their workplace for individual and organizational success.

About the Governor’s Center - LBJ School for Management Development

The Governor’s Center for Management Development provides leadership and organizational development services to thousands of managers and leaders each year. Program participants come from all levels of government in the United States as well as internationally.  Our mission is to improve organizational effectiveness through the development of leaders and organizations.  We believe it is critical to define the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors needed by managers and leaders to achieve excellence.  We are dedicated to developing and delivering educational courses and services that will assist leaders and organizations in striving for that excellence.

Date/Time:
June 4, 2019, 8:00am –
June 6, 2019, 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD)

* Course Held at: Williamson County Emergency Communications, 911 Tracy Chambers Lane, Georgetown 78626   (512) 864-8355

Point of contact: Melissa C. Martinez - mmartinez@wilco.org - 512-864-8282 Office

The EMD Course instructs participants in the specific skills of identifying the correct chief complaint, prioritizing the responses and assigning needed resources, effectively communicating between responders and callers and providing life-sustaining support while handling difficult callers and reducing the potential for life-threatening mistakes. This hands-on training uses audiovisual tools with real-life examples from instructors in Emergency Medical Services as dispatchers and responders.

Date/Time:
June 10, 2019, 8:00am –
June 12, 2019, 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Emotional Intelligence: The #1 Skill for Comm Center Success

You may think you’d be more successful if callers weren’t so annoying, or if your supervisor weren’t such a jerk, or if the work weren’t so stressful.

The fact is your success is determined almost wholly by the level of your own emotional intelligence. This class explains the critical importance of emotional intelligence and how it applies to your daily work life, explores the four pillars of emotional intelligence, and provides proven ways to improve your emotional intelligence immediately.

Course description provided by The Healthy Dispatcher website.

Date/Time:
June 11, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Delivering Excellent Customer Service…When Dealing with Impossible People

From the "The Healthy Dispatcher" website:

Every organization has customers, otherwise they would have no reason to exist. Who are your customers in 9-1-1, and what do they want? This class explores the wide range of customers requiring service from 9-1-1 professionals, the only two things your customers want, and the three top concerns of difficult customers. The class provides ways to deliver amazing customer service and how to effectively rebound if you make a mistake with a customer.

Date/Time:
June 12, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD)

* Course held at Williamson County Emergency Communications, 911 Tracy Chambers Lane, Georgetown 78626 (512) 864-8355 

Point of contact: Melissa C. Martinez - mmartinez@wilco.org - 512-864-8282 Office

This course provides instruction to students for giving accurate pre-arrival instructions in situations requiring a fire department response. 

Date/Time:
June 12, 2019, 8:00am –
June 14, 2019, 5:00pm
Cost: Free


NENA’s 9-1-1 Center Culture

Course Description
Join us as we explore vital elements for enhancing your communication skills both personally and professionally. This course will provide you with tools for identifying how both verbal and nonverbal communication impact the overall wellbeing of your 9-1-1 center. Each participant will leave class with a strategic plan for improved communication that will ultimately increase the potential for a harmonious work environment.


Course Objectives
1. Understand the energy you bring to the center
2. Breakdown the Traits of a Professional
3. Explore the culture of the community, and department you serve
4. In Touch with Self – self help and support strategies
5. How to handle and recognize stress, self-assessment
6. Surviving the call - techniques for building resilience

Date/Time:
July 23, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


NENA’s Improving Service to Callers with Disabilities

Disability awareness training has tailored a presentation for 911 telecommunicators. It brings together education on disabilities while enhancing sensitivity. The presentation
includes definitions of disabilities with an emphasis on speech, etiquette and interaction skills, the perspective of individuals with disabilities, and current trends and topics, all relevant to 911 operations.

Disability awareness incorporates sensitivity training so the audience can empathize with the injustices individuals with disabilities face. Videos, extensive materials and resources, federal guidelines, and current best practices will highlight the content and allow attendees to best understand how to address services necessary to serve all citizens in their community.

Date/Time:
July 24, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Transformational Comm Center Leadership

From the "The Healthy Dispatcher" website.

Topics include: The foundations of transformational leadership; why leadership doesn’t end with the work day; how to apply leadership in all areas of life, both at work and home; the competencies of exceptional leadership; fear and stress as the primary obstacle to transformational leadership; how to lead in challenging times.

Date/Time:
July 30, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


The Power of Resilience: How to Thrive in 9-1-1

From the "The Healthy Dispatcher" website:

Topics include: Physiology of the stress response; three elements of stress theory; why the dispatcher job function is so stressful and what to do about it; stress promoting vs. stress-reducing diet; nutrition and stress; 7-step action plan for managing fear; self management tools for creating more free time; stress resilience strategies to go from habitually reacting to proactively responding.

Date/Time:
July 31, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Solacom Guardian/GeoComm GeoLynx User Training

This course is designed to provide users the skills they need to properly handle calls using the Solacom Guardian/GeoComm GeoLynx equipment.

Date/Time:
August 1, 2019, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: Free


TTY #3812

This course will prepare 9-1-1 call takers to effectively and properly process emergency calls from persons using a TDD/TTY, one of the many relay service technologies, or another device for the hearing impaired. It will also provide general knowledge of the Deaf Culture as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Date/Time:
August 1, 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


40 Hour Basic Telecommunicator

The Basic Telecommunicator Licensing Course is designed to provide the beginning telecommunicator with an understanding of situations encountered in an emergency communications environment. This course is required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) within the first year of hire for licensing as a basic emergency telecommunicator. The course content will include radio dispatching, call taking, call classification, emergency and non-emergency situations, liability and legal issues, and stress management.

Date/Time:
August 5, 2019, 8:00am –
August 9, 2019, 5:00pm
Cost: Free


APCO Communications Training Officer

APCO Institute’s Communications Training Officer (CTO) Course focuses on the development and maintenance of an agency’s one-on-one training program and provides the training necessary to foster levels of consistency for CTOs as they provide on-the-job training to new hires.

This updated version of the course includes the essential elements of a CTO program  based on the industry recognized “San Jose Model”  while also incorporating the requirements set by the national standard for CTO programs — APCO ANS 3.101.1-2013: Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Communications Training Officers.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Performance Based Training Preparing, Motivating  and Communicating with Trainees
  • Customer Service in Public Safety Communications
  • Counseling Stress Management
  • Meeting the Needs of the Adult Learner
  • Training Strategies
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Record Keeping and Documentation
  • Total Quality Management
  • Liability and Standards

Students will receive  a CTO Workbook and Reference Guide filled with sample forms, templates and best practices to use in creating their own CTO program or enhancing an existing program. Students will also receive a demonstration of the Institute’s electronic Daily Observation Report (DOR) software Expectations: Evaluation Software  package.

PREREQUISITES

Students must have successfully completed a formal, 40-hour basic telecommunicator training program. existing program. Students will also receive a demonstration of the Institute’s electronic Daily Observation Report (DOR) software Expectations: Evaluation Software  package.

RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

APCO CTOs must  provide proof every two years of 24 hours (12 hours per certification year) of Continuing Dispatch Education (CDE) and must pass the CTO recertification exam.

Date/Time:
August 27, 2019, 8:00am –
August 29, 2019, 5:00pm
Cost: Free


We Are Team 9-1-1

As though speaking different languages, many people don’t communicate very well.  The culprit of this problem is usually a difference in personality style.  Style differences create variances in values, perceptions, motivation, and work approach.  These differences sometimes make it impossible to understand why people do what they do, why they avoid certain tasks, and why some people seem better suited to certain tasks and jobs. 

This interactive seminar is designed to create a more synchronous work environment by helping people understand the personality style and work habits so that efforts can be funneled toward completing the goals and mission of the organization.   

This seminar also teaches Emotional Intelligence and helps us understand the following as they related to the work environment:

Self-awareness—knowing one’s emotions, recognizing feelings as they occur, and discriminating between them.

Mood management—handling feelings so they're relevant to the current situation and you react appropriately.

Self-motivation—"gathering up" one’s feelings and directing oneself towards a goal, despite self-doubt, inertia, and impulsiveness.

Empathy—recognizing feelings in others and tuning into their verbal and nonverbal cues.

Managing relationships—handling interpersonal interaction, conflict resolution, and negotiations.

These skills and the way we see ourselves has crucial implications for employees, leaders, and team success.  

The following are targeted outcomes.  As a result of modifying behavior using the model, participants will move:

From preferred behavior to situational behavior
From natural behavior to learned behavior
From spontaneous behavior to considered behavior

Objectives of this class: 

To gain a heightened awareness of work/communication style
To understand innate motivation

Each student will complete an online DISC Assessment prior to class.

Date/Time:
September 6, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


“Moe"tivations Training & Leadership Academy

DAY ONE, TWO, THREE - MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP – 3 (8hr) sessions

Revive morale; improve coping skills; reduce the long term impact of crisis related stress. Reset common courtesies, customer satisfaction intentions, personal accountability, being mindful, encouraging increase in positivity; reduces gossip.

Communicating in a way that improves team during crisis, reduce bullying & intimidation; Practical Workplace Application.

Reset Discipline goals; Improving Manager & Staff interaction, noticing negativity and not tolerating toxic behaviors to spread throughout a team.

Review Leadership skills by example, as shown in the workplace

  • Mentoring: Supervisors in the workplace
  • Emotional Strength & Peer Support
  • Recognizing stress in yourself and others

Personal Development; notice improvement in the most unlikely individuals

  • Thrive-ability! Reveal Life Application techniques; Healthy lifestyles & hobbies
  • Encourage character based communications, discretion, honor


DAY FOUR & FIVE 4 (4hr) sessions 

  • Hire & Inspire
  • Time management
  • Change management
  • Conflict management

Date/Time:
September 16, 2019, 8:00am –
September 20, 2019, 5:00pm
Cost: Free

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