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EMT Leader: FirstNet’s “Legacy” Will be Serving Rural Communities

October 13, 2017

Melvin Musulin, Assistant Director for Pennsylvania’s Valley Ambulance Authority, says he sees FirstNet as a legacy for emergency first responders in rural communities.
For over forty years, Musulin has worked in and around the emergency medical community. He has been anticipating FirstNet’s launch since its inception in 2012. With FirstNet now on the verge of going live in communities across the country, Musulin says that FirstNet’s accessibility will have its greatest impact by reducing health care costs in rural America.

Tech Talk: Sapporo, Japan 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was pleased to represent public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Sapporo, Japan last month.
October 6, 2017
By Dean Prochaska, FirstNet Director of Standards

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was pleased to represent public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Sapporo, Japan last month.  These meetings addressed standards in several areas relevant to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  The 3GPP plenary meetings consisted of three separate plenary group meetings.   

Fall PSAC Webinar Highlights Task Team Collaboration, Working Groups’ Activities

FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson, Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, and President TJ Kennedy updated the PSAC on recent organizational successes and developments.
September 27, 2017
By Kenzie Capece, FirstNet Senior Outreach Advisor

FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) held its second webinar of the year for the full membership. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley and the Executive Committee led the PSAC through updates on its three working groups, and current outreach and tasking efforts.

PSAC Association Profile: Major County Sheriffs of America

September 21, 2017

As law enforcement agencies eagerly await the deployment of the FirstNet network, the Major County Sheriffs of America (MSCA) continues to champion the needs of public safety from the Nation’s largest counties and parishes. MCSA is the voice of elected sheriffs from counties or parishes with a population of 500,000 or more – representing over 100 million Americans. Sheriffs’ offices are often the sole law enforcement agency in rural areas without local police departments, operate jails and prisons, provide court services, and execute warrants.

September is National Preparedness Month

September 6, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month. Ready.gov is encouraging everyone to plan how they would stay safe and communicate during disasters. FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, is here to support first responders as they help their communities prepare for the unexpected.

ACEP Frontline Podcast features FirstNet, Highlights Network's Ability to Help Improve Patient Care

With FirstNet’s advanced broadband capabilities, treating physicians receive more and better organized information that allows for improved clinical and operational decisions.
September 6, 2017

In August 2017, McGinnis and Williams participated in an in-depth conversation with Dr. Stanton, a Board-certified emergency room physician in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss topics related to FirstNet, including the capabilities and benefits of the network to emergency medicine and patient care in rural America.

PSAC Profile: Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International

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August 29, 2017

When most people think of public safety, their minds naturally jump to firefighting, law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS). It’s true that these disciplines account for a great deal of first responders, but what about those who answer our emergency calls for help  at Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and other emergency communications call centers?

Advancing UAS Technologies in all Public Safety Disciplines

With the introduction of UAS devices for public safety use, first responders gain access to aerial views of the incident, as well as the ability to send real-time pictures and data to different locations.
August 23, 2017

Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

Article originally appeared in FIRE CHIEF Magazine, August 22, 2017

A long-time FirstNet supporter, Charlottesville Fire Chief Emeritus Charles Werner has been a strong advocate for UAS technology as an additional tool for all public safety disciplines. During his 42 years of service, Werner learned first-hand about the importance of communication and the value of new technologies when responding to major emergencies. With the introduction of UAS devices for public safety use, first responders gain access to aerial views of the incident, as well as the ability to send real-time pictures and data to different locations.

Read the Full Story: Advancing UAS technologies in all public safety disciplines,

FirstNet Heads to the Mile High City for #APCO2017

APCO 2017 takes place August 13-16 in Denver, CO
August 11, 2017

Next week, the FirstNet Team will travel to Denver, Colorado to present and exhibit at APCO International’s 2017 Annual Conference. The conference includes attendees from all aspects of public safety communications and is a great opportunity to continue our dialogue with this community on the public safety broadband network.

PSAC Association Profile: National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

Darryl Ackley, NASCIO representative to the FirstNet PSAC
August 8, 2017

With the recent announcement of AT&T as FirstNet’s partner, FirstNet delivered State Plans that reflect the public safety priorities of states, territories, and the District of Columbia for the FirstNet network. FirstNet and AT&T are currently engaging with states to review their individual State Plans, which detail network deployment, coverage, products and services, and cost.

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