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Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley on FirstNet and the “Mobile Officer"

November 28, 2016

The Hualapai Nation is about one million acres, presenting public safety personnel with a vast area of land to safeguard.  And while it is over an hour from the closest town, more than one million people visit each year -- arriving by various means, including helicopters and tour buses.

Spokane Public Safety Leaders Lay Out Vision for FirstNet Network

November 18, 2016

By Bill Schrier, FirstNet Senior Advisor

On Friday, November 4th, leaders in the Spokane, Washington public safety community met with FirstNet and Washington OneNet, which is the State of Washington’s program for FirstNet outreach and engagement. The meeting was arranged by Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer and involved about a dozen tribal, law enforcement, fire, emergency management and emergency medical services leaders from the region.

Phoenix Fire Sees Opportunity to Improve Recruit Training With Use of Data

November 15, 2016

The Phoenix (Arizona) Fire Department is using applications, broadband and portable devices to improve training and evaluations of new recruits.

 Having access to this technology within the academy allows trainers and recruits to view evaluations more quickly, often in real-time.

On Veterans Day, in appreciation of those who serve

November 10, 2016

By Mike Poth, FirstNet Chief Executive Officer

On Veterans Day, we at FirstNet are honored and humbled to recognize the service and sacrifice of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. With many first responders, veterans and active-duty service members on our team, we know the courage it takes to run toward emergencies and crises as others look to us for safety and support. Below is the message I shared with FirstNet staff in recognition of Veterans Day, 2016.

PSAC Profile: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

November 8, 2016

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting the associations of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

Hualapai Public Safety Meet Old and New Challenges Through Technology

November 3, 2016

6,000 feet deep, 18 miles wide, 5,000 people per day: The Reality of the Tribal Beat
By
Lesia Dickson, FirstNet Region 6 Lead

How can a place be remote and virtually unpopulated, yet constantly full of thousands of people and teeming with activity? It certainly seems impossible, but that is exactly the situation at Grand Canyon West (GCW), home of the Hualapai indigenous Indian Tribe and the famous Skywalk. Although well over an hour from the closest town, more than one million people visit each year -- arriving mostly by helicopter and tour bus. On any given day, a constant stream of helicopters drop from the sky to the numerous helipads at GCW, where the occupants board buses to reach the Skywalk. 

PSAC Profile: The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

October 31, 2016

This is the second in a series of blogs highlighting the associations of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

An Update on the Network Procurement

October 27, 2016

By FirstNet CEO Mike Poth

With November approaching, I wanted to update the public safety community on where we are in the process for awarding a contract for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”). While FirstNet is not able to discuss procurement specifics, I am pleased to report that we have made significant progress in the evaluation process and are moving closer to a contract award in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

IACP in Review: Law Enforcement Anticipation Builds for FirstNet Network

October 26, 2016

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

During my first few months as FirstNet’s Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, I have seen a renewed commitment to and excitement about the possibilities and promise of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) for the nation’s law enforcement personnel. The feedback we have received from organizations and individuals has been both encouraging and actionable as we continue to plan for deployment of the NPSBN.    

Dedicated Broadband Plays Key Role in Emergency Management

October 20, 2016

There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, says Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people – and growing – Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs.

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