MOUNT IDA – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Kary Stovall recently became the fifth person in Arkansas to receive their Emergency Number Professional Certification.
The certification is offered through the National Emergency Number Association, also known as The 911 Association.
According to www.nena.org he NENA Executive Board first formed a Certification Committee in 1992 to explore the development of a certification program for individuals involved in emergency number program management. After a thorough review of the certification process, the Executive Board approved the Committee’s recommendation to go forward with the establishment of an Emergency Number Professional Certification Program.
NENA established several goals for this certification.
To establish the comprehensive body of knowledge for Emergency Number Professionals.
To promote a standard of competence for Emergency Number Professionals that will be recognized and accepted by the 9-1-1 profession, government agencies, the business community, and the general public.
To ensure an awareness of current issues and developments in the 9-1-1 profession.
To provide formal recognition of individuals for professional achievement.
To encourage professional growth and enhance the self-esteem of Emergency Number Professionals.
Applicants for the ENP Certification must have a minimum three years experience in emergency communications or with a commercial provider of emergency communications products and services.
They must also accumulate 10 points based on experience, education and professional development and service.
Stovall is excited that she is only one of five emergency number professionals in Arkansas to receive this national certification.