The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Safety GIS. Major General William N. Reddel of the New Hampshire National Guard, Richard Butgereit of Florida's Division of Emergency Management, and Chad Council of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been selected.

"The NAPSG Foundation Board of Directors is honored to recognize the exceptional leadership and advancements that this year's awards recipients represent," says Chief Rand Napoli, board chairman of the NAPSG Foundation. "This year's recipients represent a unique combination of visionary leadership and measurable progress in applying data and analytics for improved first responder operations."

The NAPSG Foundation receives nominations for award recipients each year and the board votes on awards in all or some of three categories: local/regional, state and national/federal. This year’s awards were presented at a reception during NAPSG Foundation's annual National Geospatial Preparedness Summit on Aug. 8, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Concurrently, the third annual National Geospatial Preparedness Summit, Aug. 7-9 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, hosted more than 215 public safety and homeland security leaders, first responders, and GIS professionals representing 39 states and 120 agencies. The summit was organized in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Emergency Managers, National Association for Search and Rescue, the National States Geographic Information Council, the Naval Post-Graduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and other partner organizations.

The summit is the only national training and preparedness exercise forum dedicated to advancing the use of geospatial information system technology and data by U.S. first responders. This year's programming featured hands-on technical GIS training on the latest technology and analytics, keynote speakers from leading agencies, and numerous workshops on issues ranging from damage assessment processes to emerging technologies.

The National Geospatial Preparedness Summit is always hosted at no cost for public sector participants from federal, tribal, state and local governments.