NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Deputy Director Keely Heyman and Shift Supervisor / Communications Officer III William Griffin, two members of the Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center (MVECC) leadership team, have each attained Emergency Number Professional (ENP) certification. The MVECC is the regional public safety answering point servicing Summit, New Providence and Millburn.

Deputy Director Heyman and Shift Supervisor Griffin become only the 13th and 14th emergency communications professionals (respectively) to earn ENP certification in the State of New Jersey.

Established by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in 1992, the ENP certification program is designed to establish a comprehensive body of knowledge for emergency communications professionals, promote a standard of competence, ensure awareness of current issues and developments in the 9-1-1 profession, and encourage professional growth and development among up and coming public safety leaders.

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To obtain ENP certification, candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements and have the appropriate amount of experience, education, and professional service before being allowed to participate in the certification examination. Once awarded, ENP certification is valid for a period of four years, after which the awardee may participate in the exam again or use a combination of experience, education, and personal service in the profession to generate enough points to re-certify.

According to MVECC Executive Director D. Jeremy DeMar, MA, CPE, ENP, "The emergency communications profession is changing at a remarkable pace. Where in years past our professionals relied solely on emergency information obtained during a 9-1-1 call to provide assistance to someone in need, persons needing fire, police, or medical assistance today can communicate with America’s emergency communications centers in a variety of ways."

DeMar added, "Studying and understanding the operational, administrative, and technical information associated with our profession is mission-critical for any leader in the 9-1-1 space. I am extremely proud of Keely and William, and I congratulate both for earning this prestigious industry credential.”