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Dedicated Public-Safety Broadband: A Growing Global Trend

Some nations are planning to create nationwide wireless networks dedicated to first responders… as the global marketplace for public-safety broadband opens, there is an opportunity to share challenges and solutions.
September 18, 2018
By Jeff Bratcher, CTO and Operations Officer, First Responder Network Authority

This article is a repost from Quarter3 2018 edition (p. 7) of RadioResource International Magazine.

Although the distances and differences between nations are vast, the mission of public safety to protect lives and property is essentially the same globally, along with the need for reliable communications. Some nations are planning to create nationwide wireless networks dedicated to first responders.

Honoring the First Responders Who Led the Way

September 11, 2018
By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), FirstNet Board Member

If you are like me, it is hard to imagine that today we mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11. I remember that tragic September day as if it were yesterday. Each year, time should be taken to reflect on the nearly 3,000 lives lost, and to honor among those our colleagues lost in response to that cataclysm.

GPS Technology Delivers Critical Lifeline for First Responders

Now as first responders begin to take advantage of FirstNet in communities nationwide, we have a new opportunity for GPS-enabled devices to help save lives.
September 7, 2018
By J. David Grossman, Executive Director, GPS Innovation Alliance

This blog is a repost from the GPS Innovation Alliance.

The FCC updated its location accuracy requirements in 2015, recognizing that technologies such as “Assisted GPS” offered opportunities for even greater improvements in location accuracy. And just this summer, Apple announced that its next software update will automatically make device-based location information available through its integration partner(s) (only one has been announced to date) to 911 centers when a person calls 911, thanks to a suite of technologies including Wi-Fi, cellular towers and GPS.

FirstNet debuts in Orem, UT bolsters emergency communication at Summerfest

FirstNet was put to the test by the Orem Fire and Police Departments who patrolled the event’s parade and festivities on foot, bicycle and by car.
August 31, 2018
By: Tracey Murdock, Regional Lead, First Responder Network Authority

Nicknamed “Family City USA”, the Mayor’s recent efforts to bolster economic development and security for Orem’s 88,000+ residents have helped the city live up to its name.  Recently one of these projects came to fruition when Orem became an early adopter of FirstNet by subscribing to the nation’s first broadband network dedicated exclusively to public safety emergency communication.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Support is Available to Public Safety 24/7/365

When severe weather crippled communications for Connecticut public safety, FirstNet and AT&T were there to help restore them.
August 29, 2018

This blog is the fourth in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

FirstNet helps public works agencies coordinate with public safety partners for unified response to emergencies

Public works officials continuously coordinate with police, fire, and EMS to support the response to emergencies or disasters. Pictured left to right: Gainesville (FL) Fire Chief Jeff Lane; Police Chief Tony Jones; Asst. Police Chief Terry Pierce; and Public Works Director Phil Mann.
August 27, 2018
By Philip R. Mann, Public Works Director, City of Gainesville, FL

No community is immune to emergencies or disasters. In every state, county, and municipality—across all levels of government and branches of public service—there are dedicated men and women working to prepare for and respond to incidents to keep communities safe and aid in recovery.

Serving those on the frontlines of the West Coast wildfires

Firefighters monitor Sugar Pine/Miles Fire in Oregon. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region, July 30, 2018.
August 23, 2018
By Kevin Nida, First Responder Network Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor

When the ongoing Miles Fire forced the residents and community of Prospect, OR, to evacuate, the Fire Incident Management Team called in FirstNet for support. A Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT) is deployed at base camp where nearly 2,000 first responders gather to coordinate their response efforts as the wildfire has grown over the past month.

Reflecting on the 2018 NOBLE Conference: The importance of connections

NOBLE builds in a lot of time to create and foster relationships, and focuses on community and populations like young people and even retired officers who are key cross-generational connections for departments and agencies.
August 21, 2018
By Harry Markley, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

I was honored to participate in this year’s National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Annual Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Collaboration and Push-to-Talk Apps

Today, public safety agencies are already experiencing the benefits of PTT apps on FirstNet as a collaboration tool.
August 16, 2018

This blog is the third in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Priority and Preemption

First responders take advantage of FirstNet’s dedicated and “always on” connection at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.
August 2, 2018

This blog is the second in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a partnership with the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

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