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Data sharing, cost savings incentivize Local EMS to adopt FirstNet

FirstNet Authority Senior EMS Advisor speaks with Dr. Paul Zeeb, Medical Director for the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium in Central Ohio, and Plain Township (OH) Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp about the benefits of FirstNet for EMS.
January 16, 2019
By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

FirstNet is making its mark across the country and as I meet with emergency medical services professionals, I’m pleased to hear their feedback on the initial benefits of having their own dedicated network. With more than 5,250 public safety agencies currently subscribed...

FirstNet at CES 2019: Spotlight on Technology for Building Community Resiliency

FirstNet CES 2019: Las Vegas, NV l January 8-12. Visit us at Booth #1201 Westgate in the CES Smart Cities – Resiliency Exhibit Hall.
January 4, 2019

First responders know all too well that emergencies and natural disasters can strike at any time. In 2018, communities across the nation were hit particularly hard – from Hurricanes Florence and Michael on the East Coast, to massive and destructive wildfires on the West Coast.

Remembering Ed Reynolds, a FirstNet Pioneer

Ed Reynolds served on the FirstNet Board from its inception in 2012 until 2018.  He was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2018.
January 4, 2019
By Edward Parkinson, Acting CEO


The First Responder Network Authority team is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Board member Ed Reynolds on New Year’s Day.  Ed was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame just a few months ago after an accomplished career in wireless technology spanning several decades.

FirstNet Authority’s Technology and Innovation Team Gains First-Hand Experience with Local Boulder, CO Fire Department

Firefighters brought an attack engine to the FirstNet Lab to give staff an opportunity to get hands-on with fire gear, equipment, and tools.
December 17, 2018
By Barry Leitch, Senior Device Engineer and Gigy Mammarappallil, Device Team Lead

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District (BMFPD) is a volunteer fire department that serves an area in the mountainous Front Range area just west of Boulder, Colorado.  Recently, a team of four BMFPD firefighters brought an attack engine to the FirstNet Authority offices in Boulder. 

Guam Workshop Highlights FirstNet Capabilities for Island Communities

FirstNet Authority holds technology and operations workshop in Guam with about 80 public safety stakeholders.
December 3, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs

Last week, the First Responder Network Authority held an Agency Operations and Technology Workshop in Tamuning, Guam, with nearly 80 public safety stakeholders in attendance.  Local, federal, and military agencies participated in the conference with representation from Guam’s Emergency Management, Fire, Police, DoD, and military.  Representatives from American Samoa and Hawaii also participated in the conference.

Todd Early To Chair the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

Todd Early and Edward Horowitz participate in a 2016 PSAC meeting with FirstNet.
November 20, 2018
Edward Horowitz, FirstNet Board Chair

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Early as the new Chair of First Responder Network Authority’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). 

PSAC’s New Approach to Working with the FirstNet Authority, AT&T

PSAC meets with the FirstNet Authority at its Summer meeting in June 2018.
November 14, 2018
By Kenzie Capece, Senior Public Safety Advisor

This year, the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) debuted new methods of working with the FirstNet Authority and its partner, AT&T, on advising their work towards the FirstNet mission.  With the FirstNet network realized in 2018, this is bringing a new focus and flurry of work and activity to the PSAC in their advisory role.        

Washington County, MD turns to FirstNet during critical incident response

During an event marking one year of FirstNet in the State of Maryland, Sheriff Mullendore discusses how the network is benefited Washington County during severe flooding in the spring of 2018.
November 7, 2018
By Lori Stone, Region III Lead, First Responder Network Authority

The Washington County Sheriff’s office is leading the nation on transforming public safety communications and is putting FirstNet to use serving rural communities. The agency was among the first in the nation – and the very first in the State of Maryland – to subscribe to the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet and EMS: Partners in patient care

EMS using FirstNet are already seeing its possibilities and learning how the dedicated communication system dramatically supports their work in the field.
October 25, 2018
By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

EMS using FirstNet are already seeing its possibilities and learning how the dedicated communication system dramatically supports their work in the field.

For example, during the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race in Newport, RI – an event where tens of thousands of tourists used their phones to send pictures and receive updates on races – the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) stayed in constant communication with field personnel and maintained better situational awareness using FirstNet.

New opportunities for agencies to engage with FirstNet Authority on operationalizing mobile data

Episode 10 of the Public Safety First Podcast highlights FirstNet's engagement strategy.
October 24, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs for Public Safety Advocacy

More than 3,600 agencies have now joined FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. As public safety agencies sign up for FirstNet and tap into the key capabilities of their network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) continues to work hand-in-hand with them to understand their current and future broadband needs.

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