Press Release


Contact:  Grayson Gusa
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NC 9-1-1 Conference Hosts Newtown, Connecticut
9-1-1 Director as Keynote Speaker

Sunset Beach, NC (27 August 2014)

The North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the North Carolina Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) will be hosting their annual conference at the Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach, NC September 7-10, 2014. One of the conference highlights is the addition of Maureen Will as the keynote breakfast speaker. Maureen serves as the 9-1-1 Director for Newtown, Connecticut, the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) that fielded the majority of calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012.

NC APCO President Wesley Reid states, “we are extremely proud to have Maureen as our keynote conference speaker. We’ve asked that she teach a conference supersession for our attendees that we hope will provide a valuable lesson learned from this national tragedy.”

This year the conference will also host the State of North Carolina 9-1-1 Board on Wednesday, September 9. NC NENA Chapter President Jonathan Bledsoe states, “we are pleased to have the State 9-1-1 Board coming to the conference this year. Our membership looks forward to the opportunity for the Board to hear directly from the 9-1-1 and other public-safety professionals.”

The annual fall conference attracts approximately 300 9-1-1 professionals and exhibitors each year and provides an opportunity to learn about the latest operational policies, best practices, and latest technology.

Additional conference information is available at

APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public-safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public-safety association. It serves the needs of public-safety communications practitioners worldwide – and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.

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.