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First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief

Excitement for the FirstNet Network continues to grow across the country with <a href="https://firstnet.gov/the-governors-decision-media-kit">more than 35 states</a> having joined the network already.
December 7, 2017

Virginia became the first state or territory to “opt in” and participate in the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public safety broadband network. This dedicated, interoperable, data communications network will enhance emergency response operations throughout the fire and emergency service for years to come.

FirstNet for Emergency Response: Improved Incident Information will Benefit Responders and Public

FirstNet will become a platform for emergency managers during incidents and major events.
November 29, 2017

Article originally appeared inIAEM Bulletin's October Issue

Lives of citizens and responders depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disasters and emergencies. That is why FirstNet was created – to develop a wireless, mobile broadband network, modernizing public safety communications to keep first responders connected on a single, nationwide network when it counts the most.

An Unstoppable Communications Option for Charlotte Emergency Management

The ability to communicate seamlessly when networks become overloaded and inaccessible is critical for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services.
November 16, 2017
By Ehrin Ehlert, FirstNet Region 4 Lead (KY, NC, SC, TN)

What happens when public safety has to compete for a wireless signal with more than 77,000 fans at a Carolina Panthers football game? It’s not a win for first responders.

During big games in North Carolina and large-scale events across the country, police, fire and paramedics have to compete with the general public for a wireless signal, making connectivity difficult and putting the public at risk should an emergency arise.

FirstNet Facts: Ensuring States, Territories & Public Safety Have the Information They Need

Engaging with public safety has and always will be central to everything we do at FirstNet.
October 27, 2017

The communications network America’s first responders fought for is on its way.  In just a few months, FirstNet and AT&T will have a clear line of sight to deliver the only technology platform built for those whose job it is to keep our communities safe and secure:  the brave men and women of public safety.

How FirstNet Will Make Mobile Officer Programs a Reality

October 20, 2017

Jeff King is FirstNet area lead / law enforcement and a reserve police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

This article originally appeared in PoliceOne.com on October 20, 2017.

The use of technology is not new to the average law enforcement officer on the street. From the first hand-held radios to today’s mobile data terminals, police officers have relied on technology for years to help with a wide range of policing activities -- from investigations and arrests to large-scale incident responses and community policing – making technology a mainstay for law enforcement.

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