Only One Week Remains to Nominate 9-1-1 Professionals for Smart Telecommunicator Awards

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Smart911 to Recognize Public Safety Pros During National Telecommunicators Week

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9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers alleviate stressful situations and save lives throughout each and every day, ensuring citizens immediately get the help they need.

Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, announced today that only one week remains for the public to nominate 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers from across the U.S. for the first annual Smart Telecommunicator Awards. The program is being conducted by Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911, the trusted database of critical caller data for 9-1-1, in partnership with the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT).

Individuals are encouraged to nominate 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers they feel deserve to be recognized for leadership, performance, compassion for callers, ability to inspire co-workers and overall contributions to their Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). Winners will be announced during National Telecommunicators Week, April 8-14, in order to highlight the critical public safety role these telecommunicators play.    

“9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers alleviate stressful situations and save lives throughout each and every day, ensuring citizens immediately get the help they need,” said Tom Axbey, CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. “Effective emergency response requires strong public-private partnerships. Whereas telecommunicators play such a vital role, we want to ensure the public has the opportunity to recognize them for the positive impact they have on their communities.”

The public may submit nominees for the Smart Telecommunicator Awards at http://www.ravemobilesafety.com/smarttelecommunicator through March 21 at 11:59 PM EDT. On March 26, finalist nominations will be posted online, kicking off a public vote that will run through March 30. Smart911 will name a national winner at a ceremony during National Telecommunicators Week, and make a donation of $1,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. Four regional honorees will also receive awards, along with a $500 donation to the charities of their choosing.        

“Both Smart911 and iCERT continually work towards improving 9-1-1 services across the U.S. We know that without these talented and dedicated telecommunicators, our efforts would be for naught. This is our way of thanking them for all that they do,” stated iCERT Executive Director, George Rice.

Smart911 is a national system that provides citizens with the ability to enter information that they want to make available to 9-1-1 telecommunicators through a secure website at http://www.Smart911.com. Information can include children’s photos, medical conditions, disabilities, home addresses of cellphone callers, or other rescue-related information. Smart911 delivers this information automatically with a 9-1-1 call to participating PSAPs. Smart911 enables emergency responders to be more effective because they have access to a rich source of critical health and logistics information before arriving at the scene of an emergency. Smart911 also supports the critical need to effectively capture and manage data for special needs citizens.

About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. Used by leading Institutes of Higher Education and State and Local Agencies, the award-winning portfolio of RaveAlert, RaveGuardian, Eyewitness, Smart911 and SmartPrepare enables millions to feel safe, secure and connected. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information please visit http://www.ravemobilesafety.com.

About iCERT- the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance
The 9-1-1 Industry Alliance ("9IA") represents the industry voice of the public safety industry. Established in December 2005 by a group of prominent leaders of the 9-1-1 industry, the Alliance plays an important role as the voice of industry companies on public policy issues impacting 9-1-1 and the emergency response system. It is the Alliance's belief that the expertise of industry leaders can assist public policymakers and government emergency communications professionals as they address complex choices regarding advanced 9-1-1 alternatives in the years ahead. Find out more at http://www.911alliance.org.

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