Tim Pierce is a senior public safety advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), serving public safety stakeholders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Prior to the FirstNet Authority, Tim worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice as the statewide interoperability coordinator and Wisconsin’s single point of contact for FirstNet. In these roles, he was responsible for the oversight and administration of the statewide public safety land mobile radio system known as WISCOM, which served 20,000 radios for state, local, federal, and tribal users. He helped to create a communications unit comprised of communications personnel from around the state. He led a governance assessment of the state’s communications governance structure and work products that resulted in improvements to the oversight of the state’s communications systems.
Tim also worked for Dane County Emergency Management as the warning and communications officer. He was responsible for implementing a new warning system that integrated existing tools into the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System. He staffed multiple emergency operations center activations for severe weather events and deployed as part of the Southwest Incident Management Team in 2011 to support the Capital Budget rally.
He started his public safety career as a firefighter with the Cross Plains Berry Volunteer Fire Department and the Shorewood Hills Fire Department. He also worked as an emergency medical technician and assistant director of Cross Plains Area EMS. Additionally, Tim worked as a senior emergency department technician at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He was on the Hospital Emergency Response team, training for large-scale events, including receiving specialized training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.