Flaherty to retire as national 911 program coordinator


Flaherty to retire as national 911 program coordinator

Prior to joining the NHTSA Office of EMS, Flaherty worked as an emergency, trauma and flight nurse for over 20 years. When the National 911 Program was created in 2005, she was asked to coordinate efforts to help strengthen 9-1-1 emergency communication systems across the country. Over the years, much of his work has involved working with other federal agencies and national, state, and local organizations to implement Next Generation 9-1-1.

“We are greatly indebted to Laurie for her initiative and commitment to the 911 program since its inception,” said Dr. Jon Krohmer, director of NHTSA’s EMS office. “In preparation for the end of his service at 9-1-1 with the National 911 program, we have put in place a transition plan. With the support of current staff, we anticipate that the good work the program has begun under Laurie’s leadership and in collaboration with the national 9-1-1 community will continue.

Throughout Flaherty’s tenure, the National 911 Program coordinated with the 9-1-1 community and various federal agencies to address several key initiatives such as:
• Implement 9-1-1 grant programs and support information sharing on other funding opportunities
• Collect and use 9-1-1 data that helped support the development of model 9-1-1 legislation and policy to advance emergency communications
• Collaborate with states, technology providers, public safety officials and 9-1-1 professionals to create and share a variety of resources and tools to ensure a smooth transition to NG 9-1 -1 and help 9-1-1 systems take advantage of new communication technologies

Additionally, Laurie has successfully raised awareness of 9-1-1 at the federal level, both representing 9-1-1 interests and helping departments like the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) move toward optimal 9-1 service. -1 services and NG 9-1-1.

“Laurie has done and continues to do an outstanding job leading the 911 program,” said Brian Fontes, CEO of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). “The program has grown under his leadership by facilitating discussions and agreements on 9-1-1 issues, expertly conducting grantmaking programs, and publishing useful reports for everyone in the community. 9-1-1 and public safety.”

As a 9-1-1 champion, Flaherty’s skills as a unifier and collaborator have been widely recognized and appreciated.

“Laurie has been an exceptional 9-1-1 advocate throughout her career, and 9-1-1 programs and the people who support them across the country have benefited greatly from her dedication and vision for the 9-1-1 and now NG 9-1-1,” said Kelli Merriweather of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications and president of the National Association of State 911 Administrators. “We will miss her more than we can say. but she leaves the 9-1-1 community stronger and well-prepared for the future.”

After nearly 20 years of service to NHTSA’s efforts to support emergency communications, public safety, and prehospital health care, Flaherty attributes much of the program’s success to the guidance and support of the many professionals in the 9-1-1 dedicated and focused she worked. with in the public and private sectors.

“I am grateful to the people and organizations who have been such wonderful colleagues and friends as we have worked together to improve 9-1-1 systems nationwide,” Flaherty said. “This is especially true of DOT support, which, in the absence of any mandate, has a track record of more than 15 years of discretionary funding and staffing exclusively for 9-1-1 issues. This commitment has created a single federal home for 9-1-1 issues that will last beyond the career of a single person.

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