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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. 

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.  

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.

PSAC Profile: National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)

FirstNet President TJ Kennedy engages with NPSTC on key Network developments.
April 27, 2017

A fireground commander needs a floorplan to know where chemicals are stored in a burning building but has no way to receive it in the field,  A police officer wants to transmit crucial information to dispatch but can’t get a signal on his device.  An EMS practitioner is administering life-saving treatment but can’t send patient data to a physician at the receiving hospital.  A 9-1-1 dispatcher has critical information for first responders in route to a scene but has no means to transmit it in a timely manner.  All of these public safety personnel have a common need: improved communications capabilities.

FirstNet Shares Best Practices With Global Peers

Representatives of seven nations – Canada, United Kingdom, Korea, Australia, Sweden, Finland and Norway -- attended the FirstNet International Public Safety Forum for Wireless Broadband here on March 16.
April 19, 2017

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet President

RESTON, Va., April 19, 2017 – Americans are now learning about the public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T that is working to bring a dedicated, wireless broadband network to public safety nationwide (“FirstNet”). What they may not know is that other countries are pursuing similar nationwide systems and looking to FirstNet for best practices.

PSAC Profile: National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

NENA has worked to keep the crucial link between FirstNet and NG9-1-1.
April 13, 2017

Imagine a single communications network being used to dispatch EMS personnel, a medical helicopter, police officers, and fire personnel simultaneously from different jurisdictions, utilizing voice, video, and data. FirstNet is ready for this to become a reality.

‘Count Us In,’ Baltimore Fire Chief Says of FirstNet

Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford says the nationwide LTE broadband network that is being built to give priority access to public safety is a watershed moment for firefighters and other public safety personnel.
April 7, 2017

Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford says the nationwide LTE broadband network that is being built to give priority access to public safety is a watershed moment for firefighters and other public safety personnel.

FirstNet Tech Team Goes to 2017 Mobile World Congress

 MWC is the largest worldwide event of its kind and is invaluable for networking with industry, learning about innovations, and monitoring leading edge technology developments in the mobile wireless space.
April 6, 2017
MWC is the largest worldwide event of its kind and is invaluable for networking with industry, learning about innovations, and monitoring leading edge technology developments in the mobile wireless space.

FirstNet Receives Another “Clean” Audit Opinion

April 5, 2017

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has received a “clean” audit opinion for its financial management practices for Fiscal Year 2016. This marks the fourth consecutive year that FirstNet has achieved a clean opinion.  FirstNet also has zero significant deficiencies (SD) related to this audit FirstNet successfully closed the only SD noted in prior years.

Thank you, Chief Harlin McEwen, and Best Wishes on your Retirement

Chief McEwen’s visionary leadership has left a legacy guaranteed to upholding our everlasting commitment to creating a network for public safety by public safety.
April 4, 2017

Chief McEwen’s visionary leadership has left a legacy guaranteed to upholding our everlasting commitment to creating a network for public safety by public safety.

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