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Connecting Rural Responders: FirstNet and Bay, Arkansas

For the city of Bay, Arkansas interoperable communications between the city’s police and fire departments are essential to extending public safety protection and services beyond the city’s six-square miles and 1801 residents to include the surrounding areas. With FirstNet providing reliable, interoperable communications in Bay, law enforcement and fire services serve over 2,500-3,000 residents living within 18-square miles. For Chief Paul Keith, Bay Arkansas Police Department, interoperable communications with the town’s fire department is critical to protect and serve this rural community. “Interoperability in our first response should be top notch,” says Chief Keith. “So far with FirstNet, is has been.”