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Washington Initial Consultation Meeting

Friday, October 17, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, Director of State Consultation
Yesterday, FirstNet joined over 170 public safety communications officials from across Washington State to hold their initial consultation meeting, the fourth meeting for FirstNet in a series of meetings with all 56 states and territories working together to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The meetings offer an opportunity for FirstNet, communications professionals, public safety executives, and state officials to discuss initial plans for future involvement in the development of the public safety network.

Training Helps Rhode Island First Responders Manage Disasters at Cultural Institutions

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) collaborated to provide training to help emergency responders manage disasters at cultural institutions. The training sessions illustrated the need for emergency personnel to become familiar with individual institutions and develop relevant protocols prior to disasters and emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, leaks, and fires that pose an enormous risk to precious public and community records, irreplaceable documents, and historical artifacts.

Back to Basics at the Colorado APCO/NENA Conference

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By Kristi Wilde, FirstNet Outreach Coordinator
Last week I had the privilege to provide a FirstNet update at the Colorado APCO/NENA State Conference in Westminster. The theme of this year's conference was "Back to Basics," and more than 130 enthusiastic and engaged telecommunicators, supervisors, and managers were in attendance. Their dedication to this profession and readiness to learn were on display at the conference’s panel discussions, keynote presentations, and workshops.

FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Oregon

Thursday, October 9, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
FirstNet conducted the Initial Consultation meeting for Oregon at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) yesterday in Salem. During our time here, the FirstNet team met with key public safety leaders from across the state, including Steve Noel, Oregon's state single point of contact (SPOC) and statewide interoperability coordinator. Nearly 90 state and local public safety representatives from across the state attended to learn more about FirstNet and to share information with FirstNet about the state’s planning efforts and needs for the broadband network.

The National Fire Academy (NFA) Managing Officer Program

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The National Fire Academy (NFA) is offering a Managing Officer Program for firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel interested in professional development and advanced management skills. The program’s multiyear curriculum builds on foundational management and technical competencies. It also connects up-and-coming emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership.

Comment Deadline Extended to October 27th

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In response to requests received for additional time to respond to the RFI/Draft SOO published on September 17th, 2014, FirstNet has decided to extend the filing deadline. The new filing date for the RFI will be extended to Monday, October 27th. This extension will provide respondents with additional time to furnish meaningful feedback to FirstNet regarding its acquisition strategy for the nationwide public safety broadband network. FirstNet also announced a parallel correction and extension of the filing deadline for comments in its Public Notice and Comment process.

National Fire Prevention Week 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

National Fire Prevention Week will be held the week of October 5–11, 2014. This event, sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), promotes fire safety and prevention during this week and all year long. The 2014 theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month!” focuses on the importance of having smoke alarms in your home and testing them every month.

SPOC Discussions Focus on Consultation and Key RFI, Public Notice Terms

Friday, October 3, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager
This week we held our fourth and final quarterly webinar of the year for the state Single Points of Contact (SPOC). Like the previous three webinars, it was a productive dialogue among FirstNet leadership and state and territorial representatives on a number of pressing topics – including the Request for Information (RFI) with draft statement of objectives (SOO) and the Public Notice and Comment that the Board approved last month.

On the Road: California Town Halls

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

By Amanda Hilliard, Brian Hobson, Ed Parkinson and Vicki Lee
California is famous for its beaches, national parks, and being home to the entertainment industry and Silicon Valley-based tech companies, among other things. When it comes to the nationwide public safety broadband network, the state is well known for its outreach campaign to enhance coordination and awareness of the network among the state’s 200,000 first responders.

National PrepareAthon Day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Today is National PrepareAthon Day, which is the culmination of a campaign led by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) that encourages the general public to take steps to increase its readiness for disaster situations. This event marks the conclusion of National Preparedness Month. Below are several resources from governmental and non-government organizations to enhance and sustain preparedness during every month of the year.

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