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FirstNet Staff attends training at Center for Domestic Preparedness

February 9, 2016

By Zachary Smith, FirstNet Emergency Management Specialist
FirstNet staff recently had the opportunity to attend training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.  The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

How FEMA Delivers Anytime, Anywhere Information During Disasters

February 5, 2016

This blog is a repost from the DigitalGov.gov about a FEMA SMS service and app to that can push alerts and assistance information to mobile users – including first responders – during disasters and emergency situations.
No one wants to feel helpless in an emergency situation. To provide tips and assistance anytime, anywhere, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stepped up their mobile game.

In American Samoa, Collaboration Is Key to NPSBN Planning, Deployment

February 3, 2016

By Keone Kali, FirstNet Region 9 Lead
It was clear after the American Samoa Initial Consultation Meeting that the island territory, with its unique terrain and remote location, has a number of communication challenges that must taken into consideration early in the planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network. Partnerships in American Samoa are also fundamental given that additional resources take time to reach the island in the event of an emergency. To that end, American Samoa’s public safety entities and communities are working together to meet the needs of their island community, and many believe FirstNet can be another tool to support that goal.

PSAC Task Teams on ICAM, Local Control Kick Off Work

February 1, 2016

Guest Blog Post by Chief Harlin R. McEwen, Chairman, Public Safety Advisory Committee
The FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is made up of 42 representatives from public safety and local, state, territory and tribal organizations. The PSAC offers guidance, information, and public safety expertise to FirstNet staff and the Board to ensure that user needs and public safety operational capabilities are included in the nationwide public safety broadband network. Established in 2013, PSAC members volunteer our time to assist FirstNet and assure that public safety’s voice is heard in the development of the network.

U.S./Canada CAUSE IV Experiment

The Snow Wall

January 27, 2016

As cities and towns along the East Coast dig out and clean up from the blizzard that stretched from Raleigh to Boston this week, FirstNet would like to acknowledge public safety's efforts to make their communities safe before, during, and after the storm. A significant winter weather event is also the subject of the following video about communications challenges that emergency responders experienced during a blizzard that dumped up to seven feet in parts of Western New York in 2014.

New Jersey Initial Consultation Highlights State's Early Builder Project (JerseyNet)

January 27, 2016

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
During most initial consultations, FirstNet and the state discuss what a data network for public safety could do.  New Jersey was able to show what it can do with a demonstration of its New Jersey Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) project, also known as JerseyNet, during its Initial Consultation meeting late last year.

Virginia Consultation Highlights the Importance of Technology Investments for First Responders

January 21, 2016

By Jeremy Zollo, Deputy Director of Consultation
Despite a looming hurricane landfall and flooding throughout the state, nearly 110 public safety stakeholders came together for the Virginia Initial Consultation meeting held last year in Richmond. The day's proceedings began with welcoming remarks from Brian Moran, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security (PSHS), and Adam Thiel, state Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and PSHS Deputy Secretary.

Continued Progress Toward the Nation's First Public Safety Broadband Network

January 19, 2016

This blog is a repost from The Police Chief, vol. LXXXIII, no. 1, January 2016
By TJ Kennedy, President, First Responder Network Authority

It has been a productive year for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce that is ensuring the build out of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

The FirstNet Reading Room

January 15, 2016

By Zachary Smith, FirstNet Emergency Management Specialist
FirstNet has released a number of documents through its newly deployed Reading Room.  It contains documents and data files which may provide users an increased understanding of FirstNet and its objectives. These files are publicly available to any interested party and are for informational purposes only.

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