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FirstNet Will Offer Law Enforcement a Reliable Connection and New Tools to Support Officer Wellness and Safety

The deployment of FirstNet provides U.S. law enforcement agencies with another tool in their officer safety toolbox—a powerful communications network that improves first responder safety.
May 17, 2018
by Ehrin Ehlert, Regional Lead, First Responder Network Authority

This blog is a repost from the May 2018 issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine.

In the fall of 2017, a Pennsylvania police officer suffered a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot. According to media accounts, the 44-year-old Allegheny Township officer had been called to a mobile home park where a man was reported to be creating a disturbance. When the officers arrived, the suspect allegedly ran. The officer experienced the heart attack while chasing after the suspect.1

Read more at PoliceChiefMagazine.org.

Meet the expert: Law Enforcement advisor brings more than 30+ years of police experience to Public Safety Advocacy team

“I’ve had a lot of jobs in my 31 years, but the best job I ever had was being a 24-year-old patrol officer driving around in a car. It was the excitement. I saw something different every day.”
May 15, 2018

Harry Markley joined the First Responder Network Authority as law enforcement senior advisor after more than 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Markley started his career as patrol officer and was promoted through the ranks to assistant chief of police. In his three decades of service, he touched nearly every part of the department, serving as a narcotics detective, training officer, SWAT team commander, crime lab administrator, precinct commander, and director of the State Police Academy.

First Responder Network Authority Receives Another "Clean" Audit Opinion

First Responder Network Authority achieved a clean audit opinion for its financial statements for the fifth consecutive year.
May 11, 2018
By Kim S. Farington, Chief Financial Officer

The First Responder Network Authority has again received an unmodified audit opinion on its financial statements for Fiscal Year 2017. This marks the fifth consecutive year FirstNet has achieved a clean audit opinion for its financial statements.

Police Week 2018: FirstNet honors the dedication and sacrifice of America's law enforcement personnel

During National Police Week, officers from around the nation gather to pay tribute to the fallen.
May 10, 2018
By Harry Markley, Law Enforcement Senior Advisor

During my 31 years with the Phoenix Police Department, we lost 21 officers in the line of duty. Each and every one of those losses was a tragedy. 

Recognizing Fire Service Personnel on International Firefighters Day

At FirstNet, we are committed to serving America's public safety personnel, including the many contributions made by the fire service.
May 4, 2018
By Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

Today is International Firefighters' Day (IFFD), which recognizes the men and women throughout the fire service who risk their lives each day to protect lives and property in their communities.  On behalf of the FirstNet team, I would like to extend our appreciation to firefighters worldwide for their level of commitment and dedication. 

Meet Senior Fire Advisor Mike Worrell

Mike Worrell is the FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor. He was previously with the Phoenix Fire Department where he served for 29 years, most recently as the technical services division chief.
May 3, 2018
Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

Mike enjoys explaining to first responder groups around the country how FirstNet provides voice and data communications and will soon enable them to exchange visual images and real-time video with other responders both before and during emergencies. He tells them that when they’re responding to catastrophic scenes in other jurisdictions, they’ll be better informed when they arrive, because FirstNet will provide all responders with better situational awareness.

FirstNet is “Boston Strong” at the 2018 Marathon

The First Responder Network Authority (First Responder Authority) team and AT&T were on hand to distribute 80 FirstNet devices to fire, police and incident response teams from the cities of Boston and Brookline.
May 2, 2018
By Michael Varney, First Responder Network Authority, Region 1 Lead

During this year’s marathon, the First Responder Network Authority (First Responder Authority) team and AT&T were on hand to distribute 80 FirstNet devices to fire, police and incident response teams from the cities of Boston and Brookline. Thirty of these phones were outfitted with SIM cards and connected to the dedicated FirstNet Core.

Honoring First Responders in May

National Police Week 2017 in Washington DC.
May 1, 2018

Honoring Those Who Serve Our Communities

America’s first responders are on the front lines working to save lives and protect communities across the nation. During the month of May, there are a number of opportunities to recognize the hard work and life-saving sacrifices of fire service, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel.

Here is a lineup of May events to honor public safety.

Tech Talk: Chennai, India 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

April 23, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from March 19-23, 2018 in Chennai, India.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

Applications and Mobile Data to Improve Operations and Emergency Responder Safety

FirstNet held its first public safety hack-a-thon in San Francisco March 23-24, 2018.
April 19, 2018
William Schrier, Senior Advisor

A number of public safety agencies are adopting FirstNet and gaining capabilities they have never had before. These FirstNet trailblazers are exploring the benefits of smart devices powered by a dedicated, high-speed wireless broadband connection. Capturing and sharing real-time data, live streaming, and incident mapping are just a few FirstNet-powered capabilities they’re incorporating into emergency response.


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