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FirstNet Authority connects digitally at ReIGNITE Virtual Conference

During the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) ReIGNITE Virtual Conference, the FirstNet Authority will connect with other leaders and public safety professionals to exchange ideas about emerging technologies, products, and services available to the fire service during the COVID-19 pandemic and every day incidents.

From October 19-22, 2020, the IAFC-FRI conference will present an opportunity for public safety agencies to engage in real-time interactive sessions designed to spur critical thinking about ways to improve operations and management of new and emerging technologies in this new era of response.

The FirstNet Authority will take part in several panel discussions and presentations to provide insights into FirstNet, discuss the network’s capabilities, and answer questions about using public safety broadband. Our team of FirstNet Authority experts will participate during the following virtual IAFC-FRI presentations to discuss the latest on FirstNet status, progress and innovations:

FirstNet 2020: Where we are - where we're going

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Conference Link

Gary McCarraher, Senior Public Safety Advisor

Michael Varney, Senior Director of Field Operations

The FirstNet Authority team will discuss the FirstNet Roadmap and its six technology domains. Public safety identified these domains as being most important to their broadband operations. As plans are made for FirstNet’s future, public safety’s input in these areas will help to shape the FirstNet Authority’s programs, resources, and network investments. 

Maximize your FirstNet Coverage

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Conference Link

Kevin R. Nida, Senior Public Safety Advisor, Retired Battalion Chief

Chris Baker, Senior Public Safety Advisor, Retired Battalion Chief

The FirstNet Authority team will discuss how FirstNet’s expanded coverage supports the tools and techniques first responders need to receive information wherever they are located. More and more, first responders rely on more immediate access to data. This panel discusses how FirstNet’s reliable network connection supports the use of tablets, phones, and laptops, and augments coverage with satellite capabilities, drones, SatCOLTs, and Flying COWs.

Exhibit Booth

The FirstNet Authority team will also take part in the Reignite Virtual Marketplace, an online opportunity for participants to explore over 50 technology booths showcasing the latest emergency technologies and products. Be sure to catch the FirstNet Authority’s virtual booth on display on: Tuesday, October 20 from 12-2 p.m. and Wednesday, October 21 from 12-2 p.m. FirstNet Authority experts will be on hand for one-on-one chats about FirstNet’s cutting-edge operational capabilities, including the network’s functions, features, and capabilities.

We look forward to exchanging ideas and best practices with IAFC-FRI’s leadership that can enhance emergency communications for the fire services and the emergency response communities. 

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