NHTSA Names Tegtmeyer National 911 Program Coordinator
Monday, May 16, 2022 | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services named Brian Tegtmeyer coordinator of the National 911 Program effective May 9.

Tegtmeyer brings more than 26 years of experience in the field of public-safety communications to the position.

“NHTSA’s long-term commitment to supporting 9-1-1 systems continues with the selection of Brian as the new coordinator for the National 911 Program,” said Gam Wijetunge, director of the Office of EMS. “His deep knowledge of 9-1-1 systems and history of working within the 9-1-1 community, at a state, regional and national level is the experience needed to collaborate on updating and improving 9-1-1 across the nation.”

Tegtmeyer began his career as a dispatcher at Hazel Crest (Illinois) Police Department and continued serving in various leadership roles in 9-1-1 systems before assuming his most recent position as executive director of DuPage (Illinois) Public Safety Communications in 2007. There he managed a 9-1-1 center with 44 agencies that serves a population of over 850,000 citizens.

“Next-generation 9-1-1 is the future of public-safety communications,” said Tegtmeyer. “This evolution will impact every aspect of a communications center from the technology to operations to our most valuable resource: our telecommunicators. I am excited to join the National 911 Program’s efforts to help state and local 9-1-1 systems provide optimal 9-1-1 services to their communities.”

Tegtmeyer has spent more than a decade as a national educator teaching public-safety telecommunicator courses. He has also been an active member of multiple public-safety organizations, including the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and has been active in Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforces (TERT) on a state and national level.

He earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in criminal justice and sociology at Western Michigan University and also served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) at the start of his career.

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