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PSAC Meeting Set for June 1, To Include Public Session

May 21, 2015

By Vicki Lee, FirstNet Association Manager
The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) will meet on Monday, June 1, during which FirstNet will receive updates from the Committee and discuss with its members a number of key issues related to the planning and development of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

The Evolution of EMS

May 20, 2015

MORE THAN 40 YEARS have passed since the first episode of “Emergency!” aired on television, and in some ways, things haven’t changed all that much. In the January 1972 pilot episode, which offers a dramatized account of the early days of Los Angeles County paramedics, emergency physicians are skeptical that paramedics can safely provide medical care in the field. Frustrated firefighters wonder why they try so hard to save lives when they don’t have the necessary tools and training for the situation. And legislators grapple with how to regulate these new healthcare providers.

National EMS Week 2015

May 18, 2015

By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic, FirstNet Board Member and Community Paramedicine Chief of Maine’s North East Mobile Health Services
Paramedics and other EMS professionals are often called upon at unpredictable times to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of our communities. This week is the 41st annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week to honor the nation’s EMS practitioners and the important work we do in responding to medical emergencies. The week-long celebration of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) started with a presidential proclamation by President Gerald Ford.

Early Builders Blog: Texas Sheriff's Department Uses Harris County Network

May 13, 2015

The state of Texas entered into a Spectrum Manager Lease Agreement (SMLA) with FirstNet in August 2014 for the operation of an LTE public safety network utilizing the FirstNet licensed Band 14 frequencies. Since then, the State has worked with Harris County, Texas (Harris County) to increase awareness about the network throughout the public safety community in the Lone Star State.

Three Things to Do During National Police Week

May 12, 2015

This blog is a repost from the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
Established in 1962, National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week provides a time for the nation to come together to recognize law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. It is also a time for us to honor all of the law enforcement officers who protect and serve their communities each and every day.

National Police Week 2015

May 11, 2015

By Chris Burbank, FirstNet Board Member and Salt Lake City (Utah) Police Chief
National Police Week, the annual week-long event honoring our nation’s law enforcement officers begins today, with special recognition for the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. National Police Week has its roots in a Presidential Proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Acting Executive Director, TJ Kennedy, will be attending this year’s ceremony to pay tribute to these brave men and women, on behalf of FirstNet.

Public Safety Webinars Focus on Special Notice, Draft RFP Documents, Data Collection

May 7, 2015

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
As part of our outreach and consultation with the public safety community, FirstNet is holding webinars this week for federal, tribal, state, and local public safety representatives to ask questions and provide feedback on recent FirstNet developments. The topics of discussion include the Special Notice and Draft RFP documents, as well as the Third Public Notice (Third Notice) and state data collection efforts.

Public Service Recognition Week: Building a Dedicated Team, Driven by our Mission

May 4, 2015

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting Executive Director
The annual Public Service Recognition Week is underway, and this year’s theme is “Government Works.” On behalf of the FirstNet Board and staff, I would like to recognize the public safety community for the work they do to keep our communities safe. State, tribal, local, and federal first responders deserve the best tools to do their jobs, and FirstNet is committed to building a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) that will provide them with access to cutting-edge communications capabilities.

International Firefighters’ Day 2015, Global “Sound Off” Honor Fire Service

May 1, 2015

By Jeff Johnson, Fire Chief (ret.) and FirstNet Board Vice Chair
This Monday, May 4th, 2015 is the annual International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD). On behalf of everyone at FirstNet, I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to the men and women throughout the fire service who risk their lives each day to protect lives and property in their communities.

National PrepareAthon Day 2015


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