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Incorporating FirstNet into Emergency Response Exercises

At the Texas A&M University Internet 2 Technology Evaluation Center’s Winter Institute Workshop and Exercise, first responders trained on how to respond during an earthquake. The exercise used FirstNet to demonstrate how the network could enhance operational communications during a natural disaster.


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Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes This May

During the month of May, the FirstNet Authority is recognizing and celebrating first responders for the critical, lifesaving work they perform year-round.



FirstNet Authority Acting CEO Ed Parkinson stands at a podium placed in front of an AT&T SatColt

New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Baltimore Area to Support Public Safety

Public safety communications in Baltimore County is getting a critical upgrade with the launch of a new, purpose-built cell site. The site – located on Hazelwood Avenue – is part of Maryland’s FirstNet build, which is bringing increased coverage and capacity to first responders across the state.


Episode 16: Assistant Fire Chief Dan Munsey on the future of fire service technology

San Bernardino County’s Assistant Fire Chief Dan Munsey reflects on emerging technologies, such as drones and wearables, and how they will transform fire service operations in the years to come.

Episode 7: PSAC Executive Committee—Nationwide Perspectives on the FirstNet Network

In our latest episode of Public Safety First, host Dave Buchannan sits down with representatives of the FirstNet Authority Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) Executive Committee (EC) to discuss how FirstNet is providing technological advancements, helping first responders look to improving the future of responding to incidents in Utah, Texas, Michigan, and Oregon.

Episode 6: Harris County Firefighter on Hurricane Harvey, Apps and Real-Time Data

Assistant Chief Rodney Reed of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (TX) touches on the County’s experience as an Early Builder, and now as a FirstNet subscriber, as well as Hurricane Harvey response, apps, and Real-Time Data

Episode 5: AR Deputy Fire Chief on Tornados, Adopting FirstNet, and IoLST

Deputy Chief Travis Hollis of the Rogers Fire Department (AR) speaks with guest host Michael Varney about why a city in “Tornado Alley” decided to transition to FirstNet and what first responders have experienced since adopting FirstNet. He also shares thoughts on the future of public safety communications and advanced technologies like the Internet of Life-Saving Things (IoLST).

Episode 4: Live from FRI – CA Fire Chief on FirstNet at 2017 Sonoma Wildfires

Chief Erik Newman of the Stockton (CA) Fire Department shares how FirstNet played a critical role during the California wildfires in 2017.

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