|NENA: The 9-1-1 Association|
As The Voice of 9-1-1™, NENA is on the forefront of all emergency communications issues. The association serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 15,000 members in 53 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1, as well as international three-digit emergency communications systems.
NENA works with 9-1-1 professionals nationwide, 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.
Serving as a link in the delivery of emergency services, 9-1-1 has, throughout its evolution, become recognized as an asset to the North American public. The NENA organization has been connected to 9-1-1 every step of the way.
Years ago, the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) sponsored the first three national 9-1-1 meetings in an effort to create industry awareness of 9-1-1 and collect information on emergency systems already in use. In 1982, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), a not-for-profit corporation, was founded as a result of these meetings and to further the goal of "One Nation – One Number."
From assisting and promoting new system installations, to educating managers on the latest technologies and business practices, NENA and its members have been intertwined with 9-1-1 during the growth and development of the 9-1-1 systems in North America. NENA is proud to share this heritage, and as an organization, we are uniquely positioned to take 9-1-1 to new heights and to meet new challenges.
In the 9-1-1 industry, NENA is widely recognized as the standard-setting organization, and its members are the experts in 9-1-1. The NENA membership – the breadth and depth of its knowledge and the quality of its leadership – has made 9-1-1 successful.
Together, NENA’s leadership team represents the diverse NENA membership, and collectively, the 9-1-1 industry. NENA is an organization dedicated to saving lives through the improvement of 9-1-1 services in North America, and beyond. We are dedicated to making a difference through our work and our collective 9-1-1 association - NENA.