Headshot of John Hunt. He sits in front of an American flag.

911 SME: John Hunt's 34 years of service

John Hunt started with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) three years ago, but his support of public safety has been 34 years in the making.


An male officer with the Richmond (Va.) Police Department monitors information n a computer screen.

Priority Makes the Difference – FirstNet in Action

FirstNet is a new nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders. Designed with the advice of public safety professionals, FirstNet aims to give first responders 21st-century communications tools to help save lives, solve crimes, and keep communities and emergency responders safe.


Four fighter jets streak across the sky on a summer day. In the foreground is a big crowd and a large aircrat.

FirstNet Earns its Wings at Terre Haute Airshow

Every summer, thousands of people travel to western Indiana for the Terre Haute airshow—a two-day event that features the Navy’s famous Blue Angels and other aircraft. At the 2018 event, planning officials decided to deploy FirstNet to provide a robust interoperable broadband connection for all involved.


A VW bug sits inside the ruins of a burned down house and garage.

California Camp Fire is Reminder of Responders’ Sacrifice

Edward Parkinson describes how he joined the Western Fire Chiefs Association and public safety officials for a site visit to the burn area of the Camp Fire in northern California. This trip was an opportunity for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) to learn about the public safety response to the fires that devastated Paradise, California—a town of 27,000 residents in the foothills East of Chico—directly from those fire chiefs and other first responders who were on the ground during the wildfire.



Front view of an ambulance, including its lights.

With FirstNet, a New Era of Situational Awareness

The age of FirstNet stands to deliver situational awareness and data for Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), whether for emergency managers in rural or metro areas in the US. When police needed to search a 300-acre wooded property in rural Alabama, they used a mix of traditional police work and cutting-edge technology to try to find evidence that could provide a long-sought break in a missing persons case.


A City of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue uniformed officer speaks into a smartphone. Behind him are music festival attendees.

FirstNet Performs at Life is Beautiful Festival

In 2018, the Life is Beautiful Music and Art Festival attracted 180,000 visitors from around the globe to an 18-block radius in Las Vegas, Nevada. To assist, 30 FirstNet Ready™ mobile devices were distributed to the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue team, including firefighters, EMS, and bomb squad personnel.


Brent Williams, Dr. Paul Zeeb, and Jack Rupp sit around a table which holds a laptop and a microphone.

Data sharing, cost savings incentivize Local EMS to adopt FirstNet

EMTs and paramedics, like those at the Plain Township Fire Department in Ohio, are using FirstNet to share data quickly during critical and routine incidents, ensuring patients receive the best quality care available. By offering first responders quick and reliable access to send and receive data, FirstNet is affording patients an opportunity to receive rapid and specialized advanced care in potentially life threatening situations.

A photo of Ed Reynolds, accompanied by the American flag and the words "Remembering Ed Reynolds, A FirstNet pioneer"

Remembering Ed Reynolds, a FirstNet Pioneer

The First Responder Network Authority team is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Board member Ed Reynolds on New Year’s Day.  Ed was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame just a few months ago after an accomplished career in wireless technology spanning several decades.



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