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Transforming the Future of Emergency Communications with FirstNet

When the “Big Game” came to Atlanta, GA in February 2019, Jim Millsap, technical division chief for the Fulton County E9-1-1 Center, wanted to ensure they were prepared in the event the main E9-1-1 center needed to be evacuated. John Hunt, First Responder Network Authority 9-1-1 senior advisor details how Fulton County Emergency Services used FirstNet to support the backup center.


Emergency management personnel using FirstNet –enabled phone.

Preparedness Month: Three Things to Know about FirstNet

This blog is a repost from Homeland Preparedness News, originally published on September 17, 2019. The original article can be accessed here.

Throughout the month of September, we recognize FEMA’s annual preparedness campaign to promote readiness in the wake of a disaster. FirstNet Authority’s Director of Field Operations for FirstNet North-Central Region, Lesia Dickson outlines how FirstNet is a vital tool that public safety can rely on when planning for emergencies.


Members of the FirstNet Authority team stand facing a seated crowd of public safety professionals.

FirstNet Authority highlights FirstNet capabilities for New England public safety officials

The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety’s Office of Interoperability hosted the FirstNet Authority for two User Forums – for New Hampshire and for Region I states. Public safety officials from across the region gathered to learn more about the FirstNet Authority Roadmap and had the opportunity to explore some FirstNet dedicated assets for first responders.


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Nationwide coding challenge appeals to innovators and public safety

Tech to Protect, NIST PSCR’s national innovative challenge, introduces coding contests designed to foster communications technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities nationwide. Participants will compete for cash prizes from a pool of $2.2 million. The FirstNet Authority is pleased to have technical subject matter experts from our organization leading three contests.


FirstNet Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor Kristi Wilde speaks in front of a group of emergency communications professionals seated behind desks

Integrating FirstNet into 911 Operations

The FirstNet Authority met with professionals working in emergency communication centers (ECCs) at Arizona’s Public Safety Broadband Forum for PSAPs to discuss how ECCs are using FirstNet and how to integrate FirstNet into 911 operations.


A brightly painted ambulance sits parked on the side of a rural road surrounded by many trees.

Harnessing FirstNet to enhance EMS response and improve patient care

Technology is revolutionizing how medical professionals work, communicate and care for patients.  Nowhere is that more true than in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. As new technologies enter the marketplace and promise improved patient outcomes and access to care, EMS professionals require a reliable and effective communications network every day and for every emergency. The answer lies in FirstNet.


A female Sheriff’s deputy stands next to a brick wall and watches over a group of students.

Texas City ISD Experiences FirstNet Benefits First-Hand

Through FirstNet’s extended primary user program, schools, hospitals, and other non-traditional public safety entities can benefit from everything the network has to offer. Read how FirstNet helped one such extended primary user, Texas City Independent School District, communicate during two incidents. 


FirstNet Board Member Paul Patrick and FirstNet Authority’s Edward Parkinson toured AAA Ambulance Service's FirstNet-connected ambulance during a demo day at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Working Together to Transform Public Safety Communications

Thanks to a public-private partnership between the FirstNet Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is now a reality—an expanding nationwide network for EMS and all of public safety. Read how FirstNet can help drive innovations forward and equip EMS practitioners and emergency care providers across the nation with new tools to help them save lives.


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