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State Spotlight: Minnesota's Relentless Outreach, Education on Public Safety Broadband

Minnesota's Statewide Interoperability Program Manager Brandon Abley
May 23, 2014

Emergency responders have used Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks for their mission critical communications for almost a century. Despite major leaps in communications technologies and devices, responders continue to depend on their radios for reliable, instantaneous two-way communications.

Hacking for Change: Public Safety Mobile Applications

Theo Rushin Jr. and teammate Gary Cooper present their app "Beacon" at the Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Hackathon
May 22, 2014

Most people think a hacker is just someone who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data and personal information – often to cause damage. So it may be surprising to hear that competitive events are held across the country called “Hackathons” that award thousands of dollars in prize money to the best hacker.

On The Road: IACPs LEIM Training Conference & Technology Exposition

FirstNet Deputy GM TJ Kennedy speaks at IACP’s LEIM Training Conference & Technology Exposition
May 21, 2014

The 38th Annual Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Training Conference & Technology Exposition kicked off in Atlanta, GA yesterday. The conference brings together more than 700 chiefs and information technology professionals from law enforcement agencies throughout the nation and other countries.

National EMS Week 2014: Dedicated. For Life.

National EMS Week 2014
May 19, 2014

Guest Blog Post by Kevin McGinnis, Chief/CEO of North East Mobile Health Services and FirstNet Board Member

This year is a big milestone for the annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week to honor the nation’s EMS practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. The week-long celebration of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) started with a presidential proclamation by President Gerald Ford.

On the Road: Texas Emergency Management Conference

2014 Texas Emergency Management & Homeland Security Conference
May 15, 2014

Guest Blog Post by Rich Reed, FirstNet Director of State Plans
Today will close out a productive four days at the 2014 Texas Emergency Management Conference held in San Antonio, TX. It was great to hear from the hundreds of local and state first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers in attendance about their priorities, challenges, and accomplishments.

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