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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.

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.

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