The 9-1-1 Industry Alliance (9IA) announced a new board, executive leadership and expanding membership. Kevin Murray, CEO of Mission Critical Partners, was named chairman of 9IA.Canada Offers Nationwide Text with 9-1-1 to Deaf, Speech Impaired Community
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Additional new officers for the 2011 - 2013 period include Bill Campbell, senior vice president of Intergraph, as vice chairman; Paul Fahey, director at Cassidian Communications, as secretary; and Allen Amis, CEO of 911, as treasurer.
"9IA serves to urgently answer the need to update America's public-safety emergency communications and response infrastructure," Murray said. "Our growing membership includes many of the world's most respected public-safety industry companies, and we look forward to the continued growth of our alliance to bring greater awareness of the technology and policy challenges many agencies around the country face."
Board members elected include Joel McCamley, senior vice president, L. R. Kimball; John Melcher, president, Melcher Group; Dan Sawicki, director, Motorola Solutions; and Kim Robert Scovill, senior director, TeleCommunication Systems (TCS).
As previously announced, George S. Rice Jr. was named as the organization's new executive director. Prior to joining 9IA, George served for five years as the executive director of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.
"As a team, we will continue to be adamant advocates for enhanced funding to public safety and to promote accountability among state and local policymakers so that funds collected as 9-1-1 surcharges will only be used for life-saving systems," Rice said.
The alliance also announced its newest member, Direct Technology, a technology consulting firm.
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