The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International will lend its support to help secure a Saudi Arabian university currently being built.

This month APCO will send extend its training arm to help secure King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), being built as an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement.

APCO will provide an all-inclusive training program for communications personnel in the university's new communications center. The training will begin this month and continue over a three-month period and will be conducted by APCO Institute Adjunct Instructor Mark Boudreaux, director of Terrebonne 911 District in Louisiana. KAUST will staff a 20-person communication center and use all APCO training programs and software.

"The ultimate goal is to respect the rights and protect the safety of all students, staff, residents and visitors of their campus," said APCO International president Chris Fischer in a press release. "We are happy to support this effort by ensuring KAUST communications personnel are fully trained, self sufficient and prepared to successfully handle fire, EMS or police-related emergency calls.

The campus occupies more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea and sits approximately 80 kilometers north of Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah.


Jim McKay  |  Associate editor