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FirstNet to provide reliability and security when disaster strikes

September 15, 2016

Across America, first responders in every state face the challenge of preparing for and responding to natural disasters – from floods to wildfires, blizzards, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and more. Having reliable communications is an integral component of any plan or response effort.

National Preparedness Month 2016

September 14, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month. FEMA's Ready.gov is encouraging everyone to plan how they would stay safe and communicate during disasters that can affect their community.

FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced communication and collaboration technologies they need to help them do their jobs safely and effectively.

Learn more about National Preparedness Month and how FirstNet will help first responders prepare for and respond to emergencies: Follow #NatlPrep on Twitter

Focusing Federal Consultation Along the Southwest Border

September 13, 2016

By Chris Algiere, FirstNet Federal Consultation Lead   

The FirstNet Federal Border Forum (“Forum”) held in late August in Phoenix was an important next step in our efforts to consult with federal practitioners regarding the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”).  Our goal for the two-day event was two-fold:  to enhance our understanding of operations and technologies used by public safety practitioners that work in that region.  Likewise, the FirstNet team worked to provide participants with the most up-to-date and actionable information about the Network, including examples for how a future with public safety broadband can enhance their day-to-day and emergency operations. 

Chad Weber on How Public Safety Broadband Can Help Rural Law Enforcement

Rick Bartee On The Benefits of Data for Search and Rescue

Vlog: A Broadband Network Will Enable Public Safety to Work “Unthrottled”

September 8, 2016

The week before Patriot Day, our nation's annual remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, first responders share their remembrances and vision for the future of public safety communications in this video series. Yesterday, we heard from Mike Worrell, Senior Fire Advisor, FirstNet, who outlined the communication issues he faced as a first responder on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.

IAFC Passes Resolution in Support of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

September 8, 2016

Today the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) passed a position statement in support of FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (Network). FirstNet thanked the IAFC for their support in the following statement:

Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Public Safety Communications in the Post 9/11 Era (a video series)

September 7, 2016

The week before Patriot Day, our nation’s annual remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, first responders share their remembrances and vision for the future of public safety communications in this video series. This week, we’ll hear from:

IAFC FRI 2016 Recap

August 31, 2016

By Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) hosted the 2016 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference earlier this month at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. At the conference, leaders from fire and emergency services and other first responder agencies came together for leadership training, collaboration and networking. This year, the conference hosted almost 10,000 attendees from around the world.

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.

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