David Cook is a senior public safety advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). In this role, David works closely with public safety agencies and governments in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, as well as two U.S. territories: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. David interacts with emergency responders of all disciplines, discussing and advocating for new technology, as well as broadband opportunities for today and the future.
David has more than 40 years in public safety, serving as an evidence technician for a local police department, emergency medical technician, and fire chief. He later served as the director of public safety and emergency manager for Rensselaer County in New York. In this capacity, he oversaw the building and management of the County’s first E-911 Center; managed the installation of the county’s first trunked 800 MHz radio system; and managed response and recoveries for significant floods, tornadoes, and manmade disasters. Finally, he served as the director of outreach for New York’s statewide wireless network project.
David has served on many Federal Communications Commission committees and is still an active firefighter in his community in upstate New York. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board for the East Greenbush Fire District #3.