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FirstNet @IWCE Expo 2017: Sharing the future of public safety communications

March 24, 2017

Next week, FirstNet heads to Las Vegas to “Make Connections, Make a Difference,” at the 40th anniversary International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017.

At IWCE, held March 27-31, FirstNet will share insight into the latest on the organization and the Network, including current status, next steps, and benefits to public safety and opportunities for industry. The organization also looks forward to continuing the dialogue with the states and territories on the delivery of state plans, as well as the key considerations around the Governor's decision on the plan.

San Diego Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network

March 15, 2017

The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department comprises all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services, including 9-1-1 services. Covering 331 square miles with a population of 1,337,000, the need for reliable communications and rapid transmission of data by the more than 1,300 responders is critical.

PSAC Profile: National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)

March 10, 2017

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

Meet the SME’s – FirstNet Senior 9-1-1 Advisor Bill Hinkle

March 7, 2017

After more than 30 years of working in the emergency response business, Bill Hinkle thought he was ready to start slowing down. He had been the Director of the Hamilton County Communication Center in Greater Cincinnati, the president of the National Emergency Number Association, and a senior vice president in industry. Life was good, and the idea of retirement didn’t sound so bad.

PSAC Profile: Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association

March 2, 2017

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

FirstNet: Delivering to Public Safety the Capabilities They Need to Save Lives - Theirs and the Public's

February 28, 2017

FirstNet is led by a Board of Directors that understands and represents public safety – the Board has expertise in the fields of technology and mobile telecommunications.

FirstNet: Building the Nation's Dedicated, Advanced Public Safety Communications Network

February 23, 2017

Lives depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disaster and emergency. That is why FirstNet was created – to develop a wireless, mobile network to modernize public safety communications and keep first responders connected when it counts the most.

FirstNet Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 Marked Significant Achievements in Making Network a Reality for Public Safety

February 22, 2017

Over the last fiscal year, FirstNet accomplished many major milestones, with the most significant being the gains made in the acquisition process for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

As Cities Become ‘Smart’, Public Safety Looks to FirstNet for Priority Broadband

February 16, 2017

This is a repost from the National League of Cities website.  

The term “Smart Cities” is a popular topic in today’s urban jurisdictions – but what is a Smart City? A Smart City has technological infrastructure which collects, aggregates and analyzes real-time data which it uses to improve the lives of its residents according to the National League of Cities, report “Trends in Smart City Development”.

Law Enforcement Comes Together in our Nation’s Capital for Winter Meetings

February 14, 2017

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

Last week concluded sequential winter legislative meetings of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), bringing together the nation’s law enforcement leaders for this annual event in Washington, D.C. The week of meetings also showcased briefings from leadership from the new Administration, which used the opportunity to emphasize its support to American law enforcement and public safety.

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