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Leading Public Safety Associations Announce Open Nominations for 9-1-1 Honor Awards

Date: 2010-12-27
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The E9-1-1 Institute, National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Association of Public-Safety Communications-Officials International (APCO), National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA), and 9-1-1 Industry Alliance (9IA) have announced the opening of nominations for the 2011 9-1-1 Honor Awards. The organizations, representing 25,000 emergency communications professionals nationwide, bestow the awards each year to honor heroes and leaders in 9-1-1. The 2011 awards ceremony will take place at the 9-1-1 Honors Gala on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Co-Chairs of the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus have been invited to present the awards.

“The purpose of these awards is to recognize heroes and leaders whose life and work demonstrate the power of human courage and dedication to make communities safe and best respond to emergencies,” said Gregory L. Rohde, Executive Director of the E9-1-1 Institute. “It is the people that make the emergency communications area strong, and these awards are intended to highlight the best of the best.”

Brian Fontes, Ph.D., CEO of NENA, said, “This is one of the largest and most widely attended national emergency communication events in Washington, DC. NENA is proud to work with APCO, NASNA, 9IA, and the E9-1-1 Institute to provide very deserving recognition of people and organizations who have dedicated themselves to saving lives.”

“APCO is proud to be a supporter of an event that celebrates and honors the achievements of public safety communications professionals. These events ensure that we properly promote and recognize those who stand ready - many times behind the scenes - every day to serve the public in their greatest times of need,” said APCO International Executive Director George Rice.

“NASNA is proud to support this year’s 9-1-1 Honors and encourage all public safety agencies to consider who among them has shown leadership and dedication worthy of recognition in the 2011 Honors Gala,” said Richard Taylor, President of NASNA.

Reid French, Vice Chairman of the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance, said, “The 9-1-1 Honor Awards recognize both the public safety professionals and industry leaders that make this life-saving system work so well across our nation. The collaborative public/private partnership that is 9-1-1 is on full display with these awards.”

“If you know a courageous citizen who used 9-1-1 to save a life, or one of the many dedicated public safety officials whose leadership needs to be recognized, we encourage you to submit a nomination for these awards” said Taylor, who also serves as the Chairman of the E9-1-1 Institute Board of Directors. “Lives are saved every day because someone has effectively used 9-1-1 and because dedicated professionals work hard to ensure the 9-1-1 system works, and works well. These awards are intended to honor these people.”

The E9-1-1 Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2011 9-1-1 Honor Awards in the following eight categories: 9-1-1 Call-Taker/Dispatcher Award, Citizen in Action, First Responder Award, Government Leader Award, Industry Professional Award, 9-1-1 Technician Award, Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center Award, and Outstanding 9-1-1 Program Award. Award descriptions, eligibility requirements, the nomination form, and submission instructions can be found online at www.e911institute.org.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via E911 Institute, Dec. 14, 2010)

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