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NDU Holds “Challenge” to Increase Development, Awareness of Disaster Applications

Center for Technology and National Security sponsors a demo of technology for disaster assistance every October, where the new winners will be spotlighted
June 6, 2014

To address the growing development and use of mobile applications for emergencies, the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University (NDU) has launched the “Disaster Apps Challenge.” The challenge asks developers not to necessarily build an application, although they won’t turn new ideas away, but to expand upon an open source disaster relief application that's already being used by citizens or first responders.

On the Road: 2014 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Conference

Fire Chief Larry Few from Fulton County, GA, Victoria Lee, FirstNet Association Manager, Fire Chief Keith Bryant from Oklahoma City, OK, at the 2014 Metro Fire Chiefs Conference
June 5, 2014

Guest Blog Post by Victoria Lee, FirstNet Association Manager
I was pleased to participate in the 2014 Metro Fire Chiefs Conference hosted by the Baltimore City Fire Department yesterday. The conference brought together more than 150 attendees, including fire chiefs from across the country and other distinguished guests such as Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. It was a great opportunity to catch up with Chief Richard Bowers from Fairfax County, VA and Chief Jon Hannan from Charlotte, NC about recent developments in their jurisdictions.

FirstNet Talks Technology, Outreach at the 2014 PSCR conference

FirstNet directors on PSCR panel about outreach, planning and consultation
June 4, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Deputy General Manager
The 5th annual Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Broadband Stakeholder meeting conference kicked off yesterday. Thanks to PSCR for planning this year’s event in conjunction with the June FirstNet Board meeting. The continuity allowed for a sustained dialogue among attendees, and the synergies of planning the two meetings together helped keep travel costs low for all parties.

FirstNet, PSAC Continue To Partner, Make Progress

FirstNet Board members and senior leadership at PSAC meeting in Westminster, Colo. June 2, 2014
June 2, 2014

Guest Blog post by Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
Since the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) was established, we have been working to foster a continuous, two-way exchange of information between FirstNet and the Committee. Today’s third meeting of the PSAC in Westminster, Colo., showed how far we have come over the past several months: FirstNet Board members and senior leadership provided comprehensive overviews of their priorities and programs to the PSAC.

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