Three images: In the first, FirstNet Authority Board Chair Edward Horowitz delivers a speech. In the second, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Phoenix Fire Department Assistant Chief Scott Walker are seated at a table. The third shows a large crowd of public safety officials with a table of Phoenix public safety leaders seated at the front of the room. Overlaid is a graphic representation of a network.

Blazing a Path Forward to Advance, Grow FirstNet

At the Public Safety Roadmap Summit, FirstNet Authority staff met with nearly 100 stakeholders from across the nation to collect their feedback to inform a Roadmap for the network. 

Photograph of event speaker seated in front of crowd of attendees sitting at tables.

Regional Engagement Focuses on Public Safety’s Needs

The FirstNet Authority joined the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board for a Region VII User Forum in Altoona, Iowa. Public safety agencies from the region gathered to learn more about the latest FirstNet developments and key initiatives underway across Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

An AT&T SatColt and a tent are set up in a field near a forest.

FirstNet Connects Rural Responders During Search and Rescue Exercises

First responders from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland integrated FirstNet into search and rescue exercises held in Gore, VA — a remote region in the Shenandoah Valley. The exercise gave first responders the opportunity to practice operationalizing public safety broadband in rural areas and in situations they may not experience every day.

Attendees sit and listen to a speaker at the front of the room during a Roadmap engagement at the PSAC Tribal Working Group Semi-Annual Meeting

Tribal Leaders Voice Broadband Needs for FirstNet Authority Roadmap

At the PSAC Tribal Working Group’s (TWG) semi-annual in-person meeting, the FirstNet Authority updated TWG delegates on FirstNet’s latest developments, and tribal leaders discussed their network needs and shared real-world FirstNet use cases in tribal communities.

Episode 20: Texas City on FirstNet and School Safety

In the latest episode of the Public Safety First podcast, guest host and First Responder Network Authority, Director of Field Operations (Northcentral Region) Lesia Dickson is joined by officials from Texas City (Tx.) to discuss their “whole of community” approach to emergency communications and the use of FirstNet to enhance school safety efforts. 

Two men and one woman stand in front of a Yankton Police truck. One of the men wears a police uniform.

FirstNet Boosting Communications for Tribal First Responders

FirstNet’s deployables were recently used by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Police Department in South Dakota, where rough terrain physically limits LTE coverage. During a critical search-and-rescue mission, the department reached out to the FirstNet Authority and AT&T, which deployed a SatCOLT within hours. 

AT&T’s Satellite Cellsite on Light Truck (right) deployed next to the state’s Site on Wheels trailer (left) at the 2019 American Birkebeiner. Submitted photo

Communications Boosted at Birkebeiner Race with FirstNet Deployable

Every February, 30,000 skiers and spectators descend on northwestern Wisconsin to take part in the largest cross-country race in North America, the American Birkebeiner. The more than 30-mile race from Cable to Hayward, known as the “Birkie,” tests the endurance of skiers. It also creates a huge emergency communications challenge for first responders.

Episode 18: Arlington Co. (VA) Emergency Comms Center’s Dave Mulholland

In this episode of Public Safety First, Dave Mulholland — Administrator for the Arlington Co. (VA) Emergency Communications Center — discusses the evolution of emergency communications in the National Capital Region and shares his experiences with a FirstNet demo at the Marine Corps Marathon.

Episode 12: The future of public safety technology & em. management with Arizona DEMA’s Wes Dison

In this episode of Public Safety First, guest host, Lesia Dickson, FirstNet’s Director of Field Operations for the North-central region sits down with Arizona DEMA’s Wes Dison at the 2018 NEMA Forum in Savannah, Georgia to discuss Arizona’s experience with FirstNet during high-profile events such as Senator McCain’s funeral in August.

An male officer with the Richmond (Va.) Police Department monitors information n a computer screen.

Priority Makes the Difference – FirstNet in Action

FirstNet is a new nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders. Designed with the advice of public safety professionals, FirstNet aims to give first responders 21st-century communications tools to help save lives, solve crimes, and keep communities and emergency responders safe.