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Alabama NENA Communications Awards Program

Awards to Alabama Individuals for Outstanding Contributions
to Emergency Dispatch and Public Safety Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Alabama National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 Receipt

Description:

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Awards to Alabama individuals to recognize outstanding contributions to emergency dispatch and public safety services. Agencies are encouraged to nominate employees who through singular actions brought a life-saving incident to a safe and timely resolution; performed at peak efficiency, accurately processing large volumes of calls and dispatches throughout the year; or created a database that everyone in their Center depends upon.

Communications Administrative Support of the Year:

Nominees must have been employed in the applicable category by a public safety agency any time between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Nominees must be a resident of the U.S. and a resident of the State of Alabama. Nominee, nominator or sponsoring agency must be a member of NENA to be eligible for an award.

Sample job responsibilities and titles for this position are provided on this form as examples to help you determine whether your nominee is eligible for this award category. Specific responsibilities and titles may vary by agency and are not limited to the lists shown here.

Sample Responsibilities Functions as an accounting, clerical, personnel administration, training or any other support position that directly or indirectly helps Operational Personnel accomplish their mission and goals.

Sample Responsibilities:
1. Handles billing, payroll and other accounting issues for the agency or ECD.
2. Provides clerical support such as personnel records, merit systems, etc.
3. Practices both decision making and multitasking skills.
4. Operates computer and/or other office equipment to assist operations.
5. Maintains appropriate security and confidentiality of information created or encountered in the performance of assigned duties.

Sample Job Titles: Accounting Clerk, Administrative Officer, Clerk, Personnel Clerk, etc.

Communications Achievement in Leadership Award:

Nominees must have been employed in the applicable category by a public safety agency any time between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.  Nominees must be a resident of the U.S. and a resident of the State of Alabama. Nominee, nominator or sponsoring agency must be a member of NENA to be eligible for an award.

Persons submitting a nomination or being nominated must be; a.) Resident of the State of Alabama OR b.) Resident of the National Emergency Number Association as contained in the Alabama State NENA Policy Manual.

Sample job responsibilities and titles for this position are provided on this form as examples to help you determine whether your nominee is eligible for this award category. Specific responsibilities and titles may vary by agency and are not limited to the lists shown here.

Sample Responsibilities:
1. Maintains appropriate contacts with the public, users and the media on the proper use of the emergency communications system.
2. Responsible for planning and directing the daily operations of the Communications Center.
3. Responsible for developing and/or assisting and monitoring the policies and procedures of the Communications Center.
4. Serves on advisory boards and other professional organizations and fosters the professionalism of the agency.
5. Maintains active liaisons with all participants, customers, emergency service providers and other departments and local, state and federal agencies relative to the operations of the Communications Center.
6. Prepares and submits an annual plan, including budget preparation and administration, program goals and Capital Improvement Plan.
7. Employs, schedules, counsels, disciplines, and evaluates the performance of Communications Center staff.
8. Performs a variety of functions as directed that could include accounts payable and employee payroll.

Sample Job Titles: Communications Center Director, Assistant Communications Center Director, Executive Communications Center Director, Deputy Communications Center Director, PSAP Manager, Communications Center Director/Manager, Communications Administrator, Center Manager, Communications Chief, Public Safety Manager, Communications, Chief-of-Staff, Division Commander/Manager (i.e.; Training, Support, etc.)

Communications Line Supervisor of the Year:

Nominees must have been employed in the applicable category by a public safety agency any time between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.  Nominees must be a resident of the U.S. and a resident of the State of Alabama. Nominee, nominator or sponsoring agency must be a member of NENA to be eligible for an award.

Sample job responsibilities and titles for this position are provided on this form as examples to help you determine whether your nominee is eligible for this award category. Specific responsibilities and titles may vary by agency and are not limited to the lists shown here.

Sample Responsibilities Functions as a front line supervisor of Telecommunications personnel, whether actual operations or in a support function.

Sample Responsibilities:
1. Supervises Telecommunicators in their role as call processors or dispatchers or both.
2. Manages available resources (personnel, systems, etc.) to get the job done, whether daily routine or during emergencies and disasters.
3. Manages and interfaces with multiple levels within and outside their chain of command.
4. Knowledgeable of systems and procedures associated with Emergency Communications.
5. Practices both decision making and multitasking skills.
6. Able to provide mentoring and management of personnel to get commitment to the job and the goals of the shift/office/agency.
7. Resolves personnel disputes and rule infractions tactfully and expediently.

Sample Job Titles: Shift Supervisor, Shift Administrator, Sgt., Lt,. Captain, Shift Manager, Lead, Supervisor in Charge, Senior Dispatcher, etc.

Communications Telecommunicator/Dispatcher of the Year:

Nominees must have been employed in the applicable category by a public safety agency any time between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.  Nominees must be a resident of the U.S. and a resident of the State of Alabama. Nominee, nominator or sponsoring agency must be a member of NENA to be eligible for an award.

Sample job responsibilities and titles for this position are provided on this form as examples to help you determine whether your nominee is eligible for this award category. Specific responsibilities and titles may vary by agency and are not limited to the lists shown here.

Sample Responsibilities Functions as a front line dispatcher or call taker for police, fire, and/or EMS agencies.

Sample Responsibilities:
1. Operates telecommunications equipment to receive emergency and non-emergency phone calls.
2. Determines situations from callers and ascertains all required information for dispatch of a call.
3. Relays information to a dispatcher (if a separate position) via CAD or manual dispatch cards.
4. Operates radio equipment to dispatch first responder units to request emergency services, receives radio traffic from first responders, monitors emergency and support radio frequencies.
5. Maintains unit status and practices both decision making and multitasking skills.
6. Operates computer equipment to assist both officers and citizens with the retrieval of information.
7. Maintains appropriate security and confidentiality of information created or encountered in the performance of assigned duties.

Sample Job Titles: Public Safety Dispatcher, Emergency Communications Operator, Dispatcher, Call Taker, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172578

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award winners receive a stipend up to $1,500 for full conference registration, hotel and meals. You must do your own registration and reservations. The nominating agency must be willing to release the applicant chosen to attend and cover any peripheral costs above the stipend. Transportation is on your own.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are accepted on behalf of employees at emergency dispatch services. Please review the eligibility criteria under the category for which you intend to nominate.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations may be submitted by peers or supervisors.

Submissions must be sent using the online form. All nominations must be received by August 31, 2018.

Communications Administrative Support of the Year Award Guidelines:
http://al911.org/?q=node/154

Communications Achievement in Leadership Award Guidelines:
http://al911.org/?q=node/156

Communications Line Supervisor of the Year Award Guidelines:
http://al911.org/?q=node/157

Communications Telecommunicator/Dispatcher of the Year Award Guidelines:
http://al911.org/?q=node/158

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Communications Administrative Support of the Year Award Form:
http://al911.org/?q=node/155

Communications Achievement in Leadership Award Form:
http://al911.org/?q=node/159

Communications Line Supervisor of the Year Award Form:
http://al911.org/?q=node/160

Communications Telecommunicator/Dispatcher of the Year Award Form:
http://al911.org/?q=node/161

The Awards Committee members are as follows:

Johnny Hart
jhart@marshall911.com

Larry J. Fisher
lfisher@montgomeryal.gov

Charlie McNichol
cmcnichol@mccd911.com

Roger Humphrey
rhumphrey@cullman911.org

Victor Kennedy
vkennedy@talladega911.org

Brandon Wallace
brandon@alc911.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama