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9-1-1 Industry Alliance Past Chairman and Co-Founder and President of Intrado Honored as 9-1-1 Industry Leader

March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — The E9-1-1 Institute, in conjunction with the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA), the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance ("9IA"), National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED), 9-1-1 For Kids, and the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus, presented George Heinrichs of Longmont, Colorado with the Industry Professional Award as part of the 8th annual "9-1-1 Honors Gala" in Washington D.C.

The Industry Professional Award honors individuals in the commercial sector who make exceptional contributions towards the advancement of emergency 9-1-1 communications. George Heinrichs is the president and cofounder of Intrado, the nation's largest provider of emergency communications infrastructure and services, and is recognized as one of the 9-1-1 legends. During the course of his 30 year career, George has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the industry, particularly in regards to the development and implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1. Heinrichs is acutely aware of the need for government and industry leadership to keep 9-1-1 at the forefront of rapidly developing consumer telecommunications technology.

"George Heinrichs is a great entrepreneur and legend in the 9-1-1 field," said Gregory L. Rohde, Executive Director of the E9-1-1 Institute. "His leadership over the years has truly become a large part of the American 9-1-1 success story."

About the E9-1-1 Institute: The E9-1-1 Institute is a non-profit organization which shares the mission of the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus to assist in promoting public education on E9-1-1 and emergency communications issues. The E9-1-1 Institute provides informational support to members of the Congressional Caucus as they pursue their mission of improving 9-1-1 emergency communications. Find out more at http://www.e911institute.org.

About NENA: NENA serves the public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 7,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems. NENA works with public policy leaders, emergency services and telecommunications industry partners, like-minded public safety associations, and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives, to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system, and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications. Find out more at http://www.nena.org.

About APCO International: APCO International is the world's largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide-and the welfare of the general public as a whole-by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach. Find out more at http://www.apcointl.org.

About NASNA: The purpose of NASNA is to promote information sharing amongst those states with programs dedicated to implementing 9-1-1 emergency telephone systems; assist other states with resolving issues necessary to accomplish statewide implementation and maintenance; encourage the establishment of a coordination person within each state or province; identify and recommend minimum standards for 9-1-1 emergency telephone systems; identify and recommend appropriate legislation or rules concerning the administration of statewide 9-1-1 telephone system programs and serve as a knowledge resource for the membership of the Association. Find out more at http://www.nasna911.org.

About 9IA: 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.

About NAED: The NAED is a non-profit standard-setting organization promoting safe and effective emergency dispatch services world-wide. Comprised of three allied Academies for medical, fire and police dispatching, the NAED supports first-responder related research, unified protocol application, legislation for emergency call center regulation, and strengthening the emergency dispatch community through education, certification, and accreditation. Find out more about NAED at http://www.emergencydispatch.org.

About 911 for Kids: 9-1-1 for Kids® is the official public education organization for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical response and 9-1-1 communication centers for the U.S., Canada and the Cayman Islands; all countries where "9-1-1" is the universal emergency response phone number. 9-1-1 for Kids® was established in 1994 and is endorsed by: APCO International (Assn. of Public Safety Communications Officials); E-911 Institute; NENA (National Emergency Numbers Assn.); and NASNA (National Assn. of Nine-one-one Administrators). Find out more about 911 for Kids at http://www.911forkids.com.

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