Ohio’s ties to public safety technology run deep. In 1865, the nation’s first ambulance service began serving a Cincinnati hospital. Then, in 1899, Akron became the first city to use a motorized police car to patrol its streets. With FirstNet, Ohio’s first responders can serve all of the Buckeye State’s 11.6 million residents seamlessly, communicating from the Ohio River and Appalachian Mountains in the south to Lake Erie in the north, as well as along the borders of Ohio’s five neighboring states.

The First Responder Network Authority team recognizes the unique communications challenges that Ohio first responders face. We have been working closely with Ohio public safety officials since 2014, capturing their feedback and translating it into the design of the FirstNet network. During the development of state deployment plans, our team worked hand-in-hand with Ohio leaders to ensure the plan was customized to address their needs.

Following this close collaboration, Ohio chose to adopt the plan and “opt in” to FirstNet. Today, we continue to meet regularly with state and local officials to discuss their public safety broadband needs. In 2019 alone, our team met with Ohio public safety officials more than 35 times. Our engagements in Ohio included participating in the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference, briefing the Buckeye Sheriffs Association, and participating in a mass casualty exercise run by the Greater Cincinnati Disaster Preparedness Coalition. Engagements like these are crucial to the ongoing success of the network and the advancement of public safety communications across the state and the nation.

Connect with our team of Public Safety Advisors to learn about FirstNet in your community.

We made the decision to change our vehicles over to FirstNet, and it’s been a positive decision because it’s saved us money and it’s been reliable.

Assistant Chief Jack RuppPlain Township Fire Department

Ohio's
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