During an event marking one year of FirstNet in the State of Maryland, Sheriff Mullendore speaks at a podium in front of police vehicles

Washington County, MD turns to FirstNet during critical incident response

The Washington County Sheriff’s office was among the first in the nation – and the very first in Maryland – to subscribe to FirstNet. In 2018, the southern portion of the county was badly affected by a powerful line of thunderstorms. Within hours, FirstNet mobilized a Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT), boosting the ability to communicate and coordinate emergency response efforts.

Episode 10 of the Public Safety First Podcast highlights FirstNet's engagement strategy.

New opportunities for agencies to engage with FirstNet Authority on operationalizing mobile data

More than 3,600 agencies have now joined FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. As public safety agencies sign up for FirstNet and tap into the key capabilities of their network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) continues to work hand-in-hand with them to understand their current and future broadband needs.

Keeping attendees safe at large events requires first responders to communicate seamlessly and gather vast amounts of information. At the 2018 Boston Marathon, first responders experienced the FirstNet difference with reliable communications and prioritized access to their dedicated broadband network.

FirstNet bolsters communications for Boston Marathon first responders

Every year, hundreds of thousands of cheering spectators line the streets of Boston to witness the Boston Marathon. In 2018, 80 ruggedized FirstNet devices with push-to-talk and location-tracking applications helped Boston and Brookline police, fire, and incident response teams protect the community.

Dave Buchanan interviews FirstNet Authority’s Harry Markley and Jeff King

PODCAST: FirstNet Authority to hit the road for IACP 2018 in Orlando

Each October, law enforcement leaders come together to attend several significant events that recognize the past year’s accomplishments and challenges, and work together to identify solutions and goals for the future. These events include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition in conjunction with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Fall Meeting and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Town Hall.

Twi officers in brightly colored cold weather gear oversee the crowd

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Network Security

From day-to-day operations to emergencies and large events, lives depend on public safety's ability to communicate. FirstNet not only provides reliable "always on" connections, but also allows first responders to confidently send and receive data, voice and text transmissions with the security their life-saving mission demands.

A cell tower stands over the trees

Dedicated Public-Safety Broadband: A Growing Global Trend

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.