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FL Telecommunications Accreditation Commission Asks Denise Amber Lee Foundation to Fill Commission Seat

Date: 2014-12-17
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The newly formed Florida Telecommunications Accreditation Commission (FLA-TAC) has solicited the support of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation to sit on one of its Commission seats. As a member of the commission, the foundation will play a key role in ensuring the professionalism of public-safety telecommunications centers throughout the State of Florida. The Commissioners have the responsibility of confirming and/or denying accreditation status of 9-1-1 communications centers. They will also be responsible for revising and changing the standards as the laws and technology change as well.

FLA-TAC is a program of the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FLA-PAC), a network of 250 law-enforcement agencies that recognizes and supports accreditation as a means of enhancing the quality of law-enforcement services within the state. FLA-TAC establishes standards, oversees an accreditation program, and awards accreditation to compliant Florida communication centers in law enforcement, fire rescue, and emergency medical services. As a FLA-TAC Board member, the Denise Amber Lee Foundation will continue to participate in three annual conferences throughout Florida and inspire and show appreciation to those 9-1-1 centers that aspire to be the best in public-safety communications.

“It’s a humbling experience to have these public-safety agencies come to us and say, ‘Thank you for staying involved and keeping our industry focused on why we do this,’ ”said foundation president Nathan Lee. “Without the support of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the 9-1-1 policy report it commissioned back in 2009, we would not have the state and national impact we are experiencing now in Denise’s name.”

 L to R: Robert Brongel/Exec. Dir. of FLA-TAC; Juliane Day/President of FLA-PAC; Mark Lee/Vice President of Denise Amber Lee Foundation 

Gulf Coast’s report, Florida 911: The State of Emergency, identified seven issues that needed to be addressed in the Florida 9-1-1 system to ensure a consistent level of service statewide. One of these recommendations was a standardization of policies and procedures and adoption of industry best practices. The FLA-TAC was established to encourage just that and to reward agencies that demonstrate those best practices day in and day out.

“The Denise Amber Lee Foundation has been an important part of the Florida Telecommunications Accreditation Commission since its inception,” said FLA-TAC executive director Bob Brongel. “The work of the foundation exemplifies the goal of FLA-TAC, which is to create a state of excellence for public-safety communications. As FLA-TAC continues to grow, the expertise and guidance of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation will be critical to maintaining the high standards of the Commission.”

“The Denise Amber Lee Foundation was invited to participate as an active member of the Commission because of its commitment to improving the training of telecommunicators throughout Florida and the nation,” said Juliane Day, president of FLA-PAC. “The foundation has been at the forefront of the effort to improve the professionalism of telecommunicators, and its addition to the Commission brings much-needed expertise to FLA-TAC.”

- People, Places & Things/ (via Denise Amber Lee Foundation, 12/12/14)



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