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Early Benefits of FirstNet: Support is Available to Public Safety 24/7/365

When severe weather crippled communications for Connecticut public safety, FirstNet and AT&T were there to help restore them.
August 29, 2018

This blog is the fourth in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

FirstNet helps public works agencies coordinate with public safety partners for unified response to emergencies

Public works officials continuously coordinate with police, fire, and EMS to support the response to emergencies or disasters. Pictured left to right: Gainesville (FL) Fire Chief Jeff Lane; Police Chief Tony Jones; Asst. Police Chief Terry Pierce; and Public Works Director Phil Mann.
August 27, 2018
By Philip R. Mann, Public Works Director, City of Gainesville, FL

No community is immune to emergencies or disasters. In every state, county, and municipality—across all levels of government and branches of public service—there are dedicated men and women working to prepare for and respond to incidents to keep communities safe and aid in recovery.

Serving those on the frontlines of the West Coast wildfires

Firefighters monitor Sugar Pine/Miles Fire in Oregon. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region, July 30, 2018.
August 23, 2018
By Kevin Nida, First Responder Network Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor

When the ongoing Miles Fire forced the residents and community of Prospect, OR, to evacuate, the Fire Incident Management Team called in FirstNet for support. A Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT) is deployed at base camp where nearly 2,000 first responders gather to coordinate their response efforts as the wildfire has grown over the past month.

Reflecting on the 2018 NOBLE Conference: The importance of connections

NOBLE builds in a lot of time to create and foster relationships, and focuses on community and populations like young people and even retired officers who are key cross-generational connections for departments and agencies.
August 21, 2018
By Harry Markley, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

I was honored to participate in this year’s National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Annual Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Collaboration and Push-to-Talk Apps

Today, public safety agencies are already experiencing the benefits of PTT apps on FirstNet as a collaboration tool.
August 16, 2018

This blog is the third in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

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