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PSAC Winter 2017 Meeting; Looking Ahead to 2018

(from left to right) PSAC Executive Committee Member Paul Patrick, PSAC Chair Tom Sorley, and FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson at the 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta
December 15, 2017
Kenzie Capece, FirstNet Senior Outreach Advisor

Yesterday, members of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) met in Atlanta, Georgia, for their final meeting of 2017.  Over 30 PSAC members were in attendance, along with FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson and several members of the Board and FirstNet staff.

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.

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.

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