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PSAC Profile: National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is an association of EMS professionals whose mission is to promote effective leadership and management for all kinds of EMS systems throughout the country.
May 24, 2017

EMS professionals are some of our most important first responders and save lives on a daily basis by responding to a wide variety of medical emergencies. Whether they are resuscitating a heart attack victim on the scene or providing critical care for a drug overdose victim on the way to a hospital, EMS professionals often make the difference between life and death in medical emergencies. The FirstNet network will offer EMS professionals enhanced communications capabilities to help improve the quality and speed of care.

National EMS Week 2017: Always in Service

This week is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is a time to recognize EMS practitioners around the country for the lifesaving services they perform every day.
May 22, 2017

By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), FirstNet Board Member and Communications Technology Advisor, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Association of EMTs, National Association of EMS Physicians, National EMS Management Association, and National Association of  EMS Educators

This week is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is a time to recognize EMS practitioners around the country for the lifesaving services they perform every day.  It is also a time to reflect and honor those EMS workers who have died in the line of duty.  Events are taking place throughout the nation to highlight their achievements and honor their sacrifices. 

FirstNet: The Wait Is Almost Over

Body-worn cameras, dashboard cameras, and intelligent wearable devices connected to smartphones can improve public safety operations by communicating on-scene data to dispatch and real-time crime centers.
May 18, 2017

Rich Stanek, FirstNet Board Member & Hennepin County Sheriff

Article originally appeared in Sheriff & Deputy magazine, May/June 2017

Mobile devices have become a standard part of our daily and emergency operations, and we need to be able to transmit large amounts of data and rely on communications that don’t fail during emergencies.

Life-saving Preparation: How AT&T Plans for Hurricane Season

On display is the new Helicopter Flying COW (Cell on Wings). It has a 7.5-foot diameter rotor and 2 cellular antennas. In the future, our NDR team hopes that the Helicopter Flying COW will go into areas where a traditional Cell on Wheels can’t go: like areas with hurricane damage or flooding.
May 17, 2017

By Chris Sambar, Senior Vice President, AT&T – FirstNet

Hurricane season is fast approaching. And the National Weather Service says an average of 3 hurricanes hit the U.S. coastline every 2 years. The best way to stay safe? Be prepared.

We put that philosophy into practice multiple times a year with exercises that put our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team and assets to the test.

FirstNet Honors Law Enforcement During Police Week

National Police Week is the time we set aside every year to honor those who put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe.
May 15, 2017

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

May 12 is the kickoff of a special week for law enforcement officers and their families. National Police Week is the time we set aside every year to honor those who put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe. We give special recognition during this week to those killed in the line of duty.

FirstNet’s Nationwide Network: Becoming a Reality for America’s First Responders

FirstNet Vice Chair Jeff Johnson at the Partnership Announcement on March 30, 2017
May 9, 2017

By Chief Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Western Fire Chiefs Association

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created at the urging of the fire service community to get technology into the hands of first responders through the buildout of a nationwide broadband network. The FirstNet Network will modernize first responders’ communications and deliver specialized features that are not available to them on commercial wireless networks today. It will improve situational awareness and keep emergency personnel safer with an improved communications capability.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017

Public safety personnel often play an important role in the preparation and response to hurricanes.
May 9, 2017

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017 is underway, with the goal of this week being to increase information sharing throughout the nation about hurricane preparedness and response to help save lives and protect communities.

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, 2017

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. 

Join FirstNet Throughout May in Thanking Our Nation’s First Responders

“This is a time to recognize the men and women who leave their families and put themselves in harm’s way to take care of others,” FirstNet Senior Fire Advisor Mike Worrell said.
May 1, 2017

May 4 marks the annual International Firefighters Day, which was first observed in 1999 after five firefighters died while trying to contain a wildfire in Victoria, Australia. It includes an international “Sound Off” on the first Sunday in May when, at noon local time each year, fire sirens will sound for 30 seconds worldwide followed by a minute of silence in memory of those who have died in the line of duty.

FirstNet and AT&T: The First 30 Days

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth (L), AT&T SVP for FirstNet Chris Sambar(R), and members of the Partnership team (Bottom) collaborate on key Network priorities during the first 30 days.
May 1, 2017

By Mike Poth, FirstNet CEO

On March 30th, it was an honor to be on the same stage with first responders as U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the award of the contract that will establish America’s first nationwide public safety broadband network (“Network”) with dedicated access for first responders when they need it.  The FirstNet Network will be invaluable for first responders and the larger public safety community, as well as the people they serve and protect every day.  


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