San Diego Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network

March 15, 2017
San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel use a variety of digital tools on the job that rely on broadband connectivity.
San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel use a variety of digital tools on the job that rely on broadband connectivity.

The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department comprises all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services, including 9-1-1 services. Covering 331 square miles with a population of 1,337,000, the need for reliable communications and rapid transmission of data by the more than 1,300 responders is critical.

San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel use a variety of digital tools on the job that rely on broadband connectivity, to include computer-aided dispatch, alerting systems, tablets with public safety applications, and more.

San Diego first responders face a variety of emergencies and disasters – from wildland fires and military plane crashes to earthquakes – that require them to communicate and share information. Chief Brian Fennessy says, “a network that prioritizes our needs that might preempt others, is vitally important” for the fire service.

More from Chief Fennessy in the video below:


San Diego Fire-Rescue's Selena Laniel, explains how they use mobile devices like tablets for medical aids:

Matthew Clark, who is a Firefighter/Paramedic with San Diego Fire-Rescue walks through the use of applications and digital tools on the job:

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