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Denise Amber Lee Foundation Invited To New Hampshire 9-1-1 Conferenece
President, Nathan Lee, will appeal to state 9-1-1 telecommunicators to establish a uniform training and certification standard
The Denise Amber Lee Foundation and President, Nathan Lee, has been asked to speak at the opening of the New Hampshire Emergency Dispatchers Association (NHEDA) annual conference in North Conway, New Hampshire. The conference is being held on April 11th with the focus on training and adoption of a voluntary, statewide, uniform training and certification standard for all 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers in the state. Like many states, New Hampshire currently has no state requirements for this important link in public safety. Current NHEDA President, Paul Bagley, hopes that Nathan’s powerful story of his wife’s avoidable death in 2008, will inspire a successful vote for training to be held later in the day. “We’re hopeful that Nathan’s comments will help engender a greater understanding for the need of both ongoing training and certification standards in the field of emergency telecommunications”, Bagley says.
“We’re hoping – with the help of the liability insurance underwriters for the cities, towns, counties and state, and voices of reason like Nathan’s – that we’ll eventually get the legislature and the governor to recognize this standard, embrace it, and make it the basis for compulsory certification and training.”
About the Denise Amber Lee Foundation
The mission of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, is to promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes and technological advances in the 9-1-1 system. Established in June 2008, in response to the murder of Denise Amber Lee, the foundation seeks to use the emotional power of this senseless tragedy to promote and encourage the use of technology, training, and procedures to reduce the occurrences of human error. The foundation is determined to channel and focus the public outrage of these tragic events to drive rapid change to public policy and procedures. For more information, please visit www.deniseamberlee.org.
About the New Hampshire Emergency Dispatchers Association (NHEDA)
Founded in 1990 as an organization that would provide free or low-cost training for dispatchers in the absence of any training being provided by the government agencies. Each year NHEDA provides hundreds of hours of free training. Meetings with training classes are held at a different location across the state each month. NHEDA also holds an annual one-day supervisor’s conference in October, an academy each spring that includes forty-eight hours of in-depth training, and a three-day training conference in conjunction with its annual meeting that has 33 different workshops covering roughly 40 hours. In addition, the conference offers guest speakers, such as Nathan, who have an important message concerning our profession. For more information, go to www.nheda.org.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via DALF 3/16/12)