Aerial view of the building that houses the FirstNet AuthorityLab and future Experience Center in Boulder, CO.

The FirstNet Lab and Future Experience Center

The First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet Authority) Technology Headquarters in Boulder, CO - home to the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab and a future experience center - continues to be a focal point for transforming the future of public safety communications for first responders.


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. While pilots spend months preparing to perform daring tricks in the air, public safety and state and local officials spend months preparing for the event on the ground. With several local, state, and federal first responders supporting the event, organizers for the 2018 event were looking for ways to enhance public safety communications.


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

When the Life is Beautiful Music and Art Festival debuted in 2013, the home grown music festival catered mostly to residents in local and surrounding areas. Since that inaugural event six years ago, the three-day festival in September 2018 attracted 180,000 visitors from all 50 states and 24 countries to the roughly 18-block radius. Factor in that the City of Las Vegas also played host to the iHeart Radio Music Festival and a Presidential visit that week, and it is a testament to the months of advance planning and coordination by city planners and public safety officials alike to keep multiple large events running smoothly and without major incidents.


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

Brent Williams, guest host of the FirstNet Authority’s Public Safety First podcast, talks with Dr. Paul Zeeb, Medical Director for the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium in Central Ohio, and Plain Township (OH) Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp. Both underscored that during emergency response, the ability to share data quickly during critical and routine incidents is imperative to ensuring patients receive the best quality care available.  


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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