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VIDEO: Going Social Can Keep The Public Informed, Prepared in Disaster or Emergency

August 30, 2016

Social media use is exploding – and so is its promise as a tool to help public safety keep the public apprised and aware in emergency situations, according to Sonny Saghera, fire captain and public information officer for Heartland Fire and Rescue, which serves the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, Calif.

#APCO2016 Highlights Strong Commitment to Public Safety Mission

August 25, 2016

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of Consultation

Each summer, APCO International’s annual conference brings together thousands of public safety professionals from across the nation, all levels of government, and even from other countries to exchange information and share ideas on communications developments affecting the public safety community. 

Crowdsourcing Solutions for Public Safety Communications

Ride along: See how mobile devices help first responders work effectively and save lives

August 22, 2016

In the latest blog in our “10 Ways FirstNet” series, first responders talk about their use of data, devices, and applications in the field.  But what does it look like in action? Click the video link below to ride along with San Diego Fire-Rescue and see how they use tablets while on their way to a call. 

FirstNet Board Members Appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: Member Statements

August 18, 2016

Today, Commerce Secretary Pritzker announced the appointment of the following individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The following Board members have provided statements on their appointments:

Delivering Actionable Data Via Innovative Apps, Devices

August 17, 2016

FirstNet is developing a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) that will deliver applications, devices, and services that are tailored to the needs of its users: the public safety community.  It will be a resilient, reliable network, enabling everything from smartphones to laptops, tablets, dongles and specialty devices to work when public safety needs them the most. 

How FirstNet will Help Public Safety During Major Planned Events

August 12, 2016

As part of our series on 10 Ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities, President TJ Kennedy talks about how FirstNet will help public safety coordinate and stay connected during major planned events.

Meet the SME’s – Senior Law Enforcement Advisor Mike Bostic

August 10, 2016

FirstNet is pleased to have Mike Bostic on board as our new senior law enforcement advisor.  Chief Bostic has been an advocate for FirstNet’s vision since even before there was a FirstNet. He spent 34 years in the Los Angeles Police Department before starting a second career in the telecommunications industry. From being a beat cop to a chief, Chief Bostic witnessed, firsthand, the make-or-break impact of communications on police work. During his time in the department, Chief Bostic oversaw information technology and facility development used to create a new command and control system. From there, he worked in Raytheon’s open architecture and systems integration division and most recently served as Director of Customer Advocacy at Nokia.

Capacity is Key for Planned Events with Large Crowds

August 9, 2016

This blog is the latest in a series on 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe.

PSAC Completes ICAM and Local Control Task Teams

August 3, 2016

Guest Blog Post by Chief (Ret.) Harlin R. McEwen, Chairman, Public Safety Advisory Committee
At the request of FirstNet, FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) launched two Task Teams in early 2016 to address critical topics related to the eventual deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN): Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control.  Captain Chris Lombard from the Interagency Board chaired the ICAM Task Team, while Barry Fraser from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors chaired the Local Control Task Team.


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