“When we tried the new technology that came out of FirstNet and applied it to [the Volvo Ocean Race], tracking public safety entities in the venue was great for situational awareness,” said Tom Guthlein, Operations Section Chief for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

Smooth Sailing for FirstNet at Volvo Ocean Race

When the town of Newport, Rhode Island hosted the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, it was the only North American stopover out of 12 cities on six continents during this around-the-world sailing event. For 13 days in May, over 100,000 tourists and sailing enthusiasts descended onto Newport’s Race Village in Fort Adams State Park to witness one of the world’s toughest sailings competitions. 




Following a May 15, 2018 storm, Brookfield, CT fire and police were able to quickly take advantage of FirstNet to help coordinate recovery efforts to area residents.

FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut

When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid.




The deployment of FirstNet provides U.S. law enforcement agencies with another tool in their officer safety toolbox—a powerful communications network that improves first responder safety.

FirstNet Will Offer Law Enforcement a Reliable Connection and New Tools to Support Officer Wellness and Safety

This blog is a repost from the May 2018 issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine.

In the fall of 2017, a Pennsylvania police officer suffered a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot. According to media accounts, the 44-year-old Allegheny Township officer had been called to a mobile home park where a man was reported to be creating a disturbance. When the officers arrived, the suspect allegedly ran. The officer experienced the heart attack while chasing after the suspect.1

Read more at PoliceChiefMagazine.org.


“I’ve had a lot of jobs in my 31 years, but the best job I ever had was being a 24-year-old patrol officer driving around in a car. It was the excitement. I saw something different every day.”

Meet the expert: Law Enforcement advisor brings more than 30+ years of police experience to Public Safety Advocacy team

Harry Markley joined the First Responder Network Authority as law enforcement senior advisor after more than 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Markley started his career as patrol officer and was promoted through the ranks to assistant chief of police. In his three decades of service, he touched nearly every part of the department, serving as a narcotics detective, training officer, SWAT team commander, crime lab administrator, precinct commander, and director of the State Police Academy.




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