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FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut

Following a May 15, 2018 storm, Brookfield, CT fire and police were able to quickly take advantage of FirstNet to help coordinate recovery efforts to area residents.
June 8, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid.

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.
June 5, 2018

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018

Meet the Expert: FirstNet EMS Senior Advisor Brent Williams Discusses the Evolution in EMS and Technology

With FirstNet deploying across the country, many more functional technologies are now possible in the field – and that improves patient care exponentially
May 22, 2018

When Brent Williams, Senior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) enrolled in an emergency medical technician (EMT) class in the late 1970s, advances in EMS were taking off.  He pursued his growing interest in the field and signed-up for a first-of-its-kind paramedic class offered in Saginaw, MI.

FirstNet Will Offer Law Enforcement a Reliable Connection and New Tools to Support Officer Wellness and Safety

The deployment of FirstNet provides U.S. law enforcement agencies with another tool in their officer safety toolbox—a powerful communications network that improves first responder safety.
May 17, 2018
by Ehrin Ehlert, Regional Lead, First Responder Network Authority

This blog is a repost from the May 2018 issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine.

In the fall of 2017, a Pennsylvania police officer suffered a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot. According to media accounts, the 44-year-old Allegheny Township officer had been called to a mobile home park where a man was reported to be creating a disturbance. When the officers arrived, the suspect allegedly ran. The officer experienced the heart attack while chasing after the suspect.1

Read more at PoliceChiefMagazine.org.

Meet the expert: Law Enforcement advisor brings more than 30+ years of police experience to Public Safety Advocacy team

“I’ve had a lot of jobs in my 31 years, but the best job I ever had was being a 24-year-old patrol officer driving around in a car. It was the excitement. I saw something different every day.”
May 15, 2018

Harry Markley joined the First Responder Network Authority as law enforcement senior advisor after more than 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Markley started his career as patrol officer and was promoted through the ranks to assistant chief of police. In his three decades of service, he touched nearly every part of the department, serving as a narcotics detective, training officer, SWAT team commander, crime lab administrator, precinct commander, and director of the State Police Academy.

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