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‘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.

Tom Sorley to lead FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee

Mr. Tom Sorley has been selected to serve as the new Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
April 3, 2017

FirstNet is pleased to announce, after a thorough search by our Board Chair Sue Swenson, and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, Mr. Tom Sorley has been selected to serve as the new Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).

FirstNet Names AT&T Partner to Build $46.5 Billion Network for First Responders Nationwide

April 1, 2017

On March 30, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the First Responder Network Authority will partner with AT&T to build the nation's modern, mobile broadband LTE network for first responders.

A "milestone moment" for public safety: Public safety leaders voice strong support for FirstNet's success

The FirstNet board, public safety leaders and the FirstNet team celebrate a historic board vote to move forward with FirstNet’s contract award. 
March 30, 2017

I was honored to be with our FirstNet board and senior leadership from the U.S. public safety community in our nation’s capital for what FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson called “a milestone moment” for FirstNet and public safety as the Board unanimously passed a resolution authorizing FirstNet’s CEO, Mike Poth, to take all actions needed to make the network contract award.

FirstNet @IWCE Expo 2017: Sharing the future of public safety communications

FirstNet @ IWCE Expo 2017: Sharing the future of public safety communications
March 24, 2017

Next week, FirstNet heads to Las Vegas to “Make Connections, Make a Difference,” at the 40th anniversary International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017.

At IWCE, held March 27-31, FirstNet will share insight into the latest on the organization and the Network, including current status, next steps, and benefits to public safety and opportunities for industry. The organization also looks forward to continuing the dialogue with the states and territories on the delivery of state plans, as well as the key considerations around the Governor's decision on the plan.

San Diego Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network

San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel use a variety of digital tools on the job that rely on broadband connectivity.
March 15, 2017

The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department comprises all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services, including 9-1-1 services. Covering 331 square miles with a population of 1,337,000, the need for reliable communications and rapid transmission of data by the more than 1,300 responders is critical.

PSAC Profile: National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)

National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
March 10, 2017

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

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