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FirstNet Officials Meet With EMS Medical Directors at NAEMSP Conference

First Responders Need Reliability of FirstNet Network, Los Angeles Sheriff Says

February 6, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief Scott Edson talks about the need for an LTE broadband network that gives priority to first responders.

PSAC Profile: National Sheriffs’ Association

 The NSA serves as the primary voice of sheriffs and deputies throughout the country and has more than 20,000 members within both sheriffs’ departments and police departments.
February 3, 2017

Law enforcement officers, fire service members, and EMS personnel – who are on the front lines protecting their communities every day – will have the opportunity to access and use the FirstNet network once operational. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the key groups that represents law enforcement personnel.

State Plans Consultation is a Top Priority for 2017

February 1, 2017

By Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation

With a new year in full swing, FirstNet is focusing its consultation program around one of our top priorities for 2017:  the successful development and delivery of State Plans. Our goal is to deliver and discuss State Plans that reflect the public safety priorities of each State and Territory for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

State Planning, Preparation for FirstNet on the Rise as We Look Toward 2017

January 30, 2017

By Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board Vice Chair

This blog is a repost from the International Association of Fire Chiefs' January 2017 issue of On Scene

As we look back on the past year, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is pleased by the many accomplishments we achieved in 2016. We’ve taken many important steps forward in our efforts to deploy a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) and put life-saving technology into the hands of first responders. And we look forward to the work we’ve put in over the last 12 months paying dividends in 2017, as we move into implementation mode with the network.

FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab Blog Series: Testing Coverage Reliability

January 26, 2017

How often do you think about how your smart phone or tablet maintains its signal? What about in mobile situations, such as being in a vehicle traveling through a mix of rural and urban areas? While most people notice when a call gets dropped or data doesn’t go through, it’s probably not something most think about until it affects them. For most users, a lost signal or connection is a temporary annoyance. However, for FirstNet’s future users – law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics and other emergency personnel who are always on the go – having a reliable connection is critical.

Technology Talk: FirstNet - Delivering 21st Century Tools to Law Enforcement

The FirstNet team is focused on making sure this network will meet the needs of its users: public safety personnel. FirstNet has been working with all of the states, territories, tribes, and public safety associations in the United States to learn more about what the law enforcement community needs from this network, and these organizations are excited about the benefits the network will deliver.
January 24, 2017

Reprinted from Police Chief Magazine, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 1, page 76, January 2017.

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

Recently, law enforcement professionals from across the world gathered in San Diego,
California, for the annual IACP Conference and Exposition. Among many noteworthy issues
discussed at this year’s conference, were several sessions that touched on how law enforcement
can integrate new technologies and applications in their jobs to improve communications and
overall safety.

PSAC Profile: U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)

Mayors and staff on the front lines of planning and participating in city events and emergencies know that FirstNet will vastly improve public safety communications capabilities. Many of America’s mayors have expressed anticipation for the development of the FirstNet network through their premiere national association, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).
January 19, 2017

Cities can pose unique challenges for first responders. These larger population centers often have both physical congestion, such as traffic, and communications congestion, with many users on the same network. Because of this, mayors and leaders in local city governments across the country understand the need for a functioning and resilient broadband communications system for first responders; too often network congestion in a city, especially during large events, hinders the communications of first responders during an emergency.

Linking Rural Public Safety over an Interoperable Broadband Network

In Arkansas, interoperability and supportive apps can be vital to public safety’s ability to save lives and secure communities, according to Kelly Gottsponer, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Public Safety Broadband Network.
January 17, 2017

In Arkansas, interoperability and supportive apps can be vital to public safety’s ability to save lives and secure communities, according to Kelly Gottsponer, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Public Safety Broadband Network.

PSAC Profile: National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
January 11, 2017

Volunteer first responders are a crucial part of the public safety community, making up 69% of the firefighters across the country in 2014.  In addition to use by full-time public safety personnel in each state and territory, FirstNet will be available for the nation's volunteer firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement officers. 


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