Emergency medical services professional stands in front of ambulance

Honoring first responders: the heroes among us

Every spring, we honor the courage, dedication, and sacrifices of those in the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and emergency telecommunicator communities, as well as our nation’s public servants.



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FirstNet Roadmap Domains: Coverage and capacity

While the FirstNet Core already separates public safety traffic from commercial traffic, the inclusion of coverage and capacity as a Roadmap domain will help to ensure FirstNet network presence within any given geography, with sufficient capacity for public safety to perform its duties whether they are serving communities that are urban, rural, or something in between.




Firefighters and fire truck respond to an emergency; FirstNet Authority employee and volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician Zach Smith in uniform

Views of a Volunteer Firefighter

More than half of U.S. firefighters are volunteers—individuals who share a common objective of helping those in need. In this blog, a FirstNet Authority staff member and volunteer firefighter/EMT explains what it means to serve his community.

Miami-Dade dispatchers take calls and discuss issues inside of their center surrounded by information on various screens

Tactical dispatch and TERT: How FirstNet supports innovations for 9-1-1 and emergency communicators

Emergency communications professionals across the country utilize FirstNet to support innovative approaches to 9-1-1 and dispatch. FirstNet’s secure, reliable broadband connection helps telecommunicators deliver accurate, robust information to on the scene responders. FirstNet, and the technology ecosystem that has built up around it, is especially helpful for dispatchers placed in uncommon situations. 


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FirstNet Authority Roadmap Technology Domains: The Core

The FirstNet Core serves as the brain and the nervous system of a network, enabling critical network functions like priority, preemption, and future mission critical services. In this blog, FirstNet Authority core experts discuss how the FirstNet Core was originally designed to meet public safety’s needs and how it will continue to evolve through the FirstNet Authority Roadmap priorities and initiatives.



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