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CDC Seeks Comments on Infectious Disease Notification Procedures (12/28/10) The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments on notification procedures and list of diseases regarding exposure of emergency response employees. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–87) addresses notification procedures for designated officers, medical facilities, and state and community public health officers regarding exposure of emergency response employees (EREs) to potentially life-threatening infectious diseases. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) has delegated authority to the Director of the CDC to issue a list of potentially life-threatening infectious diseases, including emerging infectious diseases, to which EREs may be exposed in responding to emergencies (including a specification of those infectious diseases that are routinely transmitted through airborne or aerosolized means); guidelines describing circumstances in which employees may be exposed to these diseases; and guidelines describing the manner in which medical facilities should make determinations about exposures. CDC is seeking comment on the list of diseases and guidelines contained in this notice. Comments must be received by Feb. 11, 2011.
Download Federal Register Notice here.
Comments may be submitted:
E-mail: NIOSH Docket Officer, nioshdocket@cdc.gov. Include ‘‘Infectious Diseases’’ and ‘‘42 U.S.C. 300ff–131’’ in the subject line of the message.
Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS–C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226.
Internet: Federal e-rulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov

National Homeland Security Consortium Updates White Paper on Protecting Americans in 21st Century (12/28/10) The National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC), of which NASEMSO is a member, has updated its white paper, "Protecting Americans in the 21st Century," a document that offers specific recommendations to enhance national homeland security efforts. The NHSC has identified six priority issues for near term policy and strategic action by the nation’s leaders:
• Wisely sustain homeland security investments and efforts while creating incentives for innovative and creative solutions;
• Allocate the 700 MHz D block radio spectrum to public safety in order to enhance communications through new technology;
• Address immigration reform by moving from debate and conversation to action;
• Develop a methodology to measure homeland security performance in ways that recognize the constantly evolving threat;
• Make cyber security a priority policy issue for government and the private sector; and
• Develop a more comprehensive and coordinated approach in the rebuilding of communities struck by major disasters.
white paper | fact sheet

DomesticPreparedness.com Survey: Medical Countermeasures for Large-Scale Biological Attacks (12/22/10) Topic: Is America prepared to recover from a biological attack? Robert Kadlec, Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Biological Defense Policy has prepared nine easy-to-answer multiple-choice questions. Your input will help DomPrep prepare a report that will be shared with stakeholders in the bio-defense and medical countermeasures areas. Take Survey Now!

FEMA Launches First-Ever Blog with Message from Administrator Craig Fugate (12/17/10) This week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched its first-ever blog at http://blog.fema.gov with a message from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, in order to have an ongoing conversation with all stakeholders before, during and after a disaster. Readers are encouraged to join the conversation and leave a comment on the blog. Plans are to feature entries from FEMA team members from across the agency, from its regional offices to its field offices, supporting local disaster recovery efforts. FEMA plans to provide information before, during and after disaster strikes, and will highlight best practices, innovative ideas, and insights that are being used across emergency management and across the country.

NASEMSO Warns National EMS Community of 4G Coalition's Efforts to Rebrand Itself as "Public Safety" (12/13/10) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO), following a news conference today by the 4G Coalition in Washington, warned EMS agencies and associations nationwide of this attempt by a group of wireless service companies to wrest away from public safety the 700 MHz "D Block" of wireless broadband spectrum. This same spectrum is sought by public safety to create a nationwide public safety broadband network. Renaming itself "Connect Public Safety Now", the 4G Coalition would have that spectrum sold to the highest bidders for commercial wireless use. The 4G Coalition is made up of Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and other wireless service providers who seek an opportunity to buy more 700 MHz broadband spectrum with which to compete for clients. NASEMSO press release

JEMS and Physio-Control, Inc. Seek Nominations for Top EMS Innovators in 2010 (12/11/10) The “EMS 10: Innovators in EMS” initiative has been created and sponsored by JEMS/Elsevier Public Safety and Physio-Control Inc. to recognize the 10 individuals who in 2010 have earned the respect of their colleagues and often taken great risks to advance the art and science of prehospital emergency care. Your nominations are requested to help recognize these innovators who have shown new ways of saving lives and delivering excellent patient care, conducted research that has positively impacted the way we approach prehospital care, and motivated others to do the same in 2010. Learn more at www.jems.com/EMS10, where you can review the guidelines and nominate individuals you feel are deserving of recognition as one of the top 10 innovators in EMS in 2010. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31, 2010.

SAFECOM Elects Kevin McGinnis as New Chairman (11/19/10) The SAFECOM Program on Nov. 15 elected Kevin McGinnis, of Hallowell, Maine, to serve as its Chairman. McGinnis will lead SAFECOM’s Executive Committee and Emergency Response Council to advise the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on emergency communications issues. The former EMS Director for the State of Maine, ambulance service chief, and a paramedic for the past 36 years, McGinnis has represented NASEMSO on SAFECOM for the past seven years and has served as vice-chair of SAFECOM for the past four years. Through collaboration with emergency responders and policymakers across all levels of government, the SAFECOM Program works to improve multijurisdictional and intergovernmental communications interoperability. The SAFECOM Executive Committee and Emergency Response Council are comprised of national public safety association members, State and local emergency responders, and representatives within Federal agencies. The SAFECOM Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications. SAFECOM operates as a practitioner-driven program helping the nation’s emergency responders to develop the plans and resources they will use to serve their jurisdictions. Learn more.

DHS Seeks Ideas on How to Improve Timely Provision of Federal Support in Case of Biological Attack (10/29/10) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is soliciting unconstrained, novel ideas for federal support to assist state and local efforts to provide medical countermeasures (MCM) to the entire affected population in the event of a biological (anthrax) attack. This is an element of the Executive Order establishing federal capability for the timely provision of medical countermeasures following a biological attack. The specific objective is to solicit ideas that (1) move MCM closer to the scene sooner, and (2) enhance the distribution/dispensing process to get MCM to people in need. Comments are needed by Monday, Nov. 1, 2010; download the comments template here.

NFPA Ambulance Proposed Draft Standard Released for Public Review (10/27/10) The proposed draft NPFA Standard 1917 for ambulances has just been released for public review. You can access the draft standard here. The NFPA has a structured process for consensus-based design as well as a history of developing standards that are/can be voluntarily adopted. The group had a limited scope on the draft, which does not include large innovations in ambulance design, but converts the current KKK standards to the NFPA format and lays the groundwork for the next set of revisions with some basic safety features that are built upon the existing KKK standards. The 31-member committee has EMS, fire, ambulance manufacturer, safety and government representatives. All comments to the proposal will be reviewed, and commented on, one-by-one, at a meeting in mid-February 2011. If your state has existing language in administrative rule or statute, they should engage and follow the process. At the end of the day, the KKK standards will not exist once the document becomes an NFPA standard. Download the NASEMSO PowerPoint presentation on this topic.

NASEMSO Adopts Landmark Resolutions Supporting Implementation of EMS Education Agenda for the Future (10/19/10) NASEMSO has adopted landmark resolutions supporting implementation of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. Results from the 2009-2010 NASEMSO Annual Education Agenda Statewide Implementation Surveys were used to estimate a time frame when the majority of states projected readiness for implementation of the scope of practice levels described as part of the Education Agenda. “It is a great day in EMS history,” said NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall. “A decade ago, EMS stakeholders described a visionary plan to enable a closer alignment with other allied health professions and we are finally on the threshold of making this dream a reality. NASEMSO remains committed to assisting states implement the Education Agenda, a plan that we believe will not only strengthen EMS as a profession but improve emergency are across the Nation.”
download news release
Resolution 2010-1, "Creation of CMS Ad Hoc EMS Committee"
Resolution 2010-2, "Designation of Trauma Facilities Owned or Operated by Other Trauma Center"
Resolution 2010-3, "Transition Plan for EMS Testing and Certification"
Resolution 2010-4, "National EMS Certification and Program Accreditation"

FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino And DHS Assistant Secretary For Health Affairs Dr. Alexander Garza Address The National Association Of State EMS Officials About Preparedness, Importance Of Working As A Team (10/13/10) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Rich Serino and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alexander Garza on Oct. 13 addressed the 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). Deputy Administrator Serino spoke about the importance of public preparedness, planning for the entire community, and working together as a team to respond to and recover from emergencies. Assistant Secretary Garza discussed how the Office of Health Affairs interfaces with EMS officials as part of their efforts to protect the American people from threat of terrorism and disasters.

"FEMA is not the team, FEMA is only part of the team, and today provided me with a great opportunity to talk with a crucial member of our national emergency management team - state EMS officials," said Deputy Administrator Serino. "At FEMA, we know that only by engaging every member of our team, from the entire federal family, to state and local officials, to the faith based and non-profit communities and especially the public, can we successfully respond to and recover from disasters. Every day, these state EMS officials are doing great work to keep their communities safe, and today was a chance to not only address them about what FEMA is doing, but also to hear from them about ways we can better support their critical efforts."

Dr. Garza also emphasized how DHS regards homeland security as a shared responsibility with partners at the state and local level. "Resilient communities are a key element of homeland security," Dr. Garza said, addressing the gathering. "These important relationships with EMS officials are central to our efforts to build resilient communities, and we will continue to expand our coordination where possible."

Both Deputy Administrator Serino and Assistant Secretary Garza have extensive experience in emergency medical services. Serino has more than 35 years experience in local emergency services - starting as a volunteer on the Boston ambulance squad and retiring last fall as Chief of Department of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. Garza began his career as an EMT in 1986, and served as a paramedic in Kansas City, Mo., before attending medical school.

NASEMSO Presented White Paper at "Towards Zero Death: A National Strategy on Highway Safety" Stakeholder Meeting (08/19/10) NASEMSO was given the opportunity to contribute a white paper for the “Toward Zero Deaths: A National Strategy on Highway Safety” stakeholder meeting held in Washington, DC, on Aug. 25-26. Six state EMS officials were present for the meeting (ID, MT, WA, IA, OH, and MD). NASEMSO White Paper

NASEMSO Provides Comments on Draft Recommendations for Transporting Children in Ambulances (08/12/10) NASEMSO members provided comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on its “Draft Recommendations for Safely Transporting Children in Specific Situations in Emergency Ground Ambulances." Download NASEMSO comments here. Overall, the document represents available science and best practice recommendations from an interdisciplinary team of experienced professionals. NASEMSO deeply appreciates the tremendous effort by NHTSA’s working group and believe the recommendations will move the industry towards greater scientific testing and the development of additional devices that will be cost-effective and safe for those who are faced with transporting children in ambulances.

EMSC and NRC Transition State Partnership Technical Assistance Responsibilities
(07/28/10) In light of recent staff additions at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the EMSC Program will be transitioning most of the State Partnership Technical Assistance work, originally housed at the National Resource Center (NRC), to HRSA. Beginning July 28, states should begin contacting their HRSA Technical Assistance Representative for questions or technical assistance related to the State Partnership Grant Program and performance measures. The transition process will continue through the end of August. During this time, should you happen to contact the NRC for routine work that was transitioned to HRSA, the NRC will recommend you contact your HRSA representative. The NRC will begin work on new projects that the EMSC Program is prioritizing in lieu of the state partnership work. For more information and to find out who your HRSA representative will be, please contact either Ian Weston at iweston@cnmc.org, Jocelyn Hulbert at jhulbert@hrsa.gov, or Theresa Morison-Quinata at tmorrison-quinata@hrsa.gov.

NHTSA to Host Public Meeting on Pediatric Restraints in Ground Ambulances on August 5, 2010 (07/22/10) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published an announcement in the Federal Register regarding an upcoming public meeting to review a proposed document—“Recommendations for the Safe Transportation of Children in Ground Ambulances.” According to NHTSA, “The absence of consistent national standards and protocols regarding the transportation of children in ground ambulances complicates the work of EMS professionals and may result in the improper and unsafe restraint of highly vulnerable child passengers.” It is estimated that each year up to 1,000 ambulance crashes involve patients who are children. Input to the draft has been provided by several national EMS organizations, including NASEMSO. The meeting will be held August 5, 2010 in Washington DC. Instructions for registering for a live broadcast of the event are also included in the FR notice.
Federal Register Notice, Docket No. NHTSA–2010–0089
Recommendations for the Safe Transportation of Children in Ground Ambulances

Three NASEMSO Members Appointed to National EMS Advisory Council (07/16/10) U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on July 16 announced the appointment of 23 leaders in the EMS field to serve on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. The council, first chartered by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation in 2007, provides expert EMS advice to the department and its federal partners. It makes recommendations on key issues in the EMS field, including recruitment and retention of EMS personnel, quality assurance, federal grants for emergency services, and preparation for multi-casualty incidents. The appointments included three NASEMSO members: (press release)

  • Dia Gainor, Idaho State EMS Director, Past President of NASEMSO, and Chair of NASEMSO's Highway Incident & Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee.
  • Ritu Sahni, M.D., Oregon State EMS Medical Director, and faculty of Oregon Health & Science University.
  • Gary L. Wingrove, Government Relations & Strategic Affairs, Mayo Medical Transportation, past EMS Director for State of Minnesota, and Affiliate Member of NASEMSO.

Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Announces Reorganization (07/05/10) The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services has announced that the official ASPR organizational structure was approved by the Office of the Secretary. It was published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2010, and will be listed for the next 30 days. ASPR is officially operating under the approved organizational structure effective immediately. The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) will be working with program offices to initiate personnel actions that have been held pending approval of the new organizational structure and will coordinate appropriately with the Department's Office of Human Resources.

Louisiana Announces EMS Reciprocity Process Related to the Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup
(06/07/10) An Executive Order (EO) [BJ 2010 –9] has been issued by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal that describes the process of reciprocity for temporary EMS workers to assist in medical aid efforts related to the Gulf Oil Spill cleanup. Individuals who are “duly licensed and in good standing in another state” may apply for temporary reciprocity.
The EO outlines the steps that will enable EMS workers to respond to mutual aid requests, EMAC deployments, and/or employment offers from British Petroleum for direct assistance.
This information is NOT a call for volunteers. Individuals should NOT respond to Louisiana to provide EMS care nor should they contact the Louisiana Dept of Health or EMS Office to request information about volunteering with the oil spill cleanup. The required application form for EMS reciprocity in Louisiana is available online.

National EMS Awards of Excellence (06/07/10) The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS Magazine have established the National EMS Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievement in the EMS profession. Other organizations participating include Advocates for EMS (AEMS), the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE), and the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).
The following awards will be granted as part of this new program: EMS Magazine Paid EMS Service of the Year; EMS Magazine Volunteer EMS Service of the Year; NEMSMA EMS Executive of the Year; NAEMT EMT of the Year; NAEMT Paramedic of the Year; NAEMSE EMS Educator of the Year; and AEMS EMS Legislator of the Year. Details on award entries here.
Award recipients will receive a monetary gift and free registration and travel to EMS EXPO 2010, September 29-October 1 in Dallas, TX, and will be recognized by all of the participating organizations. More info on the EMS EXPO here.

NASEMSO, ACEP and NAEMSP Joint Statement on Role of State EMS Director Published in PreHospital Emergency Care Journal (06/01/10) "The Role of State Medical Direction in the Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services System: A Resource Document," by Carol A. Cunningham MD , Keith Wesley MD, Timothy D. Peterson, MD, MPH, Richard Alcorta, MD, Douglas F. Kupas, MD, Joe A. Nelson, DO, Peter Taillac, MD, and Jim Upchurch, MD, has been published in the July-September 2010 issue of PreHospital Emergency Care. This resource document provides a snapshot of the status of state EMS medical direction in our nation in 2007 and a projection of the achievable benchmarks for the role of the state EMS medical director in the future. As an informational resource, this tool will assist state EMS officials, legislators, laypersons, and partners within the emergency care system to comprehend, create or improve, and support the state EMS medical director position within their jurisdictions. The position statement, "Role of the State EMS Medical Director," that appears in this issue is based on this resource document. Article available here.

SCAA Publishes "Saving Lives in Schools and Sports," With Support From NASEMSO and NAEMT (04/16/10) The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) has published an educational supplement, "Saving Lives in Schools and Sports," in conjunction with NASEMSO and NAEMT (National Association of EMTs). The supplement provides examples of the successes achievable with proper preparation and deployment of AEDs, but also the unfortunate tragedies in their absence. Easy-to-understand descriptions of how an AED works and the fundamental principals of an effective public access defibrillation (PAD) program are also addressed. Establishing Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) in schools (and school athletic programs) that include response planning, training in CPR, and deployment of AEDs and providing CPR and AED training to all students will greatly reduce the risk that we and our children will face from sudden cardiac arrest. Download this report.

NASEMSO Responds to Louisiana House Bill 1030 (03/30/10) In a recent letter to Louisiana State Representative Karen St. Germain, NASEMSO expressed its concern about House Bill 1030, intending to exempt certain employees of the state of Louisiana or another public entity, a municipal fire department, a fire protection district, or a volunteer fire department from the authority of the Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission to conduct disciplinary hearings, request investigations, and initiate prosecution. According to USA Today, “Chad Major of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana claims responsibility for the measure. ‘I control the bill,’ he says, adding that the union wrote it ‘sternly’ to bring the commission and the state Department of Health and Hospitals to the bargaining table. The union's goal isn't to deprive commissioners of medical oversight, he says, it's to limit their power over certification fees and late penalties.” Several national EMS organizations indicate they are weighing in on the proposed legislation as it relates to patient safety and medical oversight.

WARNING to EMS First Responders: Self-Inflicted Hydrogen Sulfide Suicides on the Rise
(03/23/10) Several apparent suicide deaths related to mixing common household chemicals have been reported by local media in the past year. This alarming news follows on the heels of 517 suicide deaths reported in Japan throughout 2008 attributed to inhaling hydrogen sulfide gas created by mixing household detergents. In 2009, one incident in San Jose, CA resulted in a hazardous materials lockdown of the hospital, diversion of incoming ambulances, and decontamination of nearly 100 persons that included rescuers. Ad hoc internet sites are felt to be responsible for disseminating harmful information related to mixing chemical products for this purpose. While there is no cause for widespread panic, symptoms can mimic carbon monoxide poisoning and EMS responders are encouraged to approach any closed, suspicious vehicle with extreme caution. An excellent and valuable training session for EMS responders is available here. NASEMSO sincerely thanks the Sarasota County Fire Dept for access to this link.
The following information is also available:
ATSDR (CDC): Medical Management Guidelines for Hydrogen Sulfide
eMedicine: Toxicity, Hydrogen Sulfide
WISER: Hydrogen Sulfide
NIOSH: Hydrogen Sulfide
ERG: Guide 117 Hydrogen Sulfide

FCC Launches New Web Page on Broadband and Public Safety and Homeland Security
(03/18/10) The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today launched a new web page, "Broadband and Public Safety and Homeland Security," to better ensure that the public safety community, the general public, government agencies and communications providers have access to the latest news and information on the FCC's efforts to implement the National Broadband Plan for public safety. The implementation of the plan will include initiatives to bring interoperable communications to America's first responders through the creation of a nationwide wireless broadband network and new cyber security reporting and monitoring programs; as well as Next Generation 9-1-1 services; emergency alerts and warnings through a variety of outlets (including via television and radio broadcasts (Emergency Alert System), wireless hand-held devices, such as cell phones and the Internet) and much more. The web page includes access to the latest press releases, public notices, field hearings, and presentations. learn more

Dia Gainor Receives James O. Page Award from JEMS (03/09/10) Dia Gainor, Idaho State EMS Director, and Chair of NASEMSO's Highway Incident & Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee, recently received the James O. Page Award from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) for "exhibiting the drive and tenacious effort necessary to develop improved EMS systems, resolve important EMS issues, and bring about positive EMS system changes throughout her career." Congratulations, Dia!
Link to Elsevier announcement

Dia Gainor is presented with the James O. Page
Award by JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman
at the EMS Today 2010 Conference
& Exposition in Baltimore, Md.

NASEMSO Supports Passage of H.R. 2024, "Commercial Motor Vehicle Advanced Safety Technology Tax Act of 2009" (02/15/10) NASEMSO joins the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in support of H.R. 2024, "Commercial Motor Vehicle Advanced Safety Technology Tax Act of 2009," which would provide tax incentives for installation of available technology to prevent or mitigate what a 2006 NHTSA/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study found were the leading causes of crashes involving large trucks. The device types that would qualify the trucking firms for tax breaks align with the study findings and prevent crashes related to brake failures, lane departure, rollovers, and colliding with cars in front of them. NASEMSO’s interest is in safer trucks, fewer crashes, and more widespread market availability and affordability of such devices so that they become mainstream considerations for ambulances and heavy emergency response vehicles.

AHRQ Releases 2007 Hospital Emergency Department Data (02/24/10) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its 2007 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), the largest, all-payer emergency care database in the United States. NEDS can help public health experts, policymakers, health care administrators, researchers and others find the data they need to answer questions about the cost of emergency care, medical treatment effectiveness, and the quality of, access to, and use of emergency department, and other issues. The database contains more than 26 million records of emergency department visits at roughly 1,000 U.S. community hospitals — approximately a 20-percent stratified sample — and captures information both on visits that do not result in admission and those that do. NEDS is part of the AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), a Federal-State-industry partnership for building a standardized, multi-state health data system. learn more

FEMA Releases Draft National Disaster Recovery Framework (02/05/10) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the interagency Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group, on Feb. 5 issued a draft of the National Disaster Recovery Framework. NASEMSO members are strongly encouraged to review this important draft document and e-mail comments to NASEMSO Program Advisor Leslee Stein-Spencer no later than Feb. 20, 2010.

HHS Activates Additional Components of National Disaster Medical System to Help U.S. Hospitals Treat Survivors of Earthquake in Haiti (02/01/10) As part of the ongoing medical response to the Haiti earthquake, USAID, the agency coordinating the US Government response, announced on Feb. 1 that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has activated additional components of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to help U.S. hospitals provide care to critically ill survivors. This activation will allow U.S. hospitals that treat Haitian patients evacuated with life-threatening injuries due to the earthquake, to receive federal reimbursement for the costs they incur. The first NDMS flight could leave Haiti as early as tomorrow. learn more

Call for Nominations for the E9-1-1 Institute 7th Annual Honor Awards (01/20/10) The E9-1-1 Institute is sponsoring its 7th Annual 9-1-1 Honors Awards Ceremony, where heroes and leaders in the 9-1-1 field will be honored jointly by the Institute and the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus on Mar. 16, 2010. The Institute has published a call for nominations for 2009 heroes and leaders that the E9-1-1 Institute and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) should be honoring in March. Heroism and leadership activities throughout  the year of 2009 will be considered for the awards. The E9-1-1 Institute is now accepting nominations for eight award categories. For a description of the award categories and to submit your nomination online, visit the E9-1-1 Institute Web site. All nominations must be received by Feb. 1, 2010