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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.  

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.

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