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Why FirstNet: Enhancing Situational Awareness

July 28, 2016

This blog is the latest in a series on 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe. Whether it is a response to a structural fire, crime in process or medical emergency, the ability to share real-time images, video, or other relevant information will improve communications and response outcomes.

Flying Blind is Dangerous: Enhancing Situational Awareness During Emergencies

July 26, 2016

This blog is the latest in a series on 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe. Whether it is a response to a structural fire, crime in process or medical emergency, the ability to share real-time images, video, or other relevant information will improve communications and response outcomes.

Going wireless in an emergency: A new kind of superhighway

July 22, 2016

FirstNet is continually striving to better understand the services and experiences the public safety community needs and expects from the FirstNet network. To help with this effort, FirstNet is holding regional Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings with states and territories to discuss and engage on critical factors that need to be considered in network planning and implementation, such as quality of service, priority, and preemption (QPP). FirstNet Region V recently met with Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan to talk about public safety’s needs.

Connecting Public Safety Operations Along the Southwest Border

July 20, 2016

By Chris Algiere, FirstNet Federal Consultation Lead
The U.S. southern border continues to be one of the largest challenges for public safety operations at all levels of government.  The dynamic mission space, coupled with the remote landscape and environmental factors, challenges technology delivery of just about any sort. 

FirstNet: Connecting Responders in Rural America

July 19, 2016

This blog is the latest in a series on 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe.

Because Emergencies Cross Jurisdictions: Sharing One Network Improves Communication

July 14, 2016

Today, first responders rely on more than 10,000 separate, incompatible and often proprietary radio networks to communicate with each other during emergencies. Because they’re not connected on one network, it’s hard, and at times impossible, for emergency responders from different jurisdictions or from different public safety organizations to communicate and work together to save lives.

Q&A With Poarch Band of Creek Indians: Mobile Data, Rural Coverage Key To Emergency Response

July 12, 2016

Recently, FirstNet staff interviewed April Sells and Chris McGhee, both with the Fire Department for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama. The Poarch Creek Indians are descendants of the original Creek Nation, which once covered most of Alabama and Georgia. April has been the Fire and Emergency Management Director since 2005, and Chris has been with the Fire Department since 2007.

FirstNet Outlines Key Steps for Development of State Plans, Interoperability Requirements

July 8, 2016

By Richard Reed, FirstNet Chief Customer Officer
FirstNet’s statutory mandate is to ensure the establishment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, including the development of nationwide standards for the use and access of the network.  This blog describes key steps we are taking to ensure that clear and specific information about network requirements will be available as soon as possible. 

Connecting with the Public Safety Community Through Social Media

July 6, 2016

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
Technology is bringing the world closer together – from connecting people across the country instantly by live video chats to tapping into the insights of data analytics.  This is the type of power that FirstNet aims to bring to the public safety community through the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Evolving Our Organization to Serve Our Customers - Public Safety

July 1, 2016

By Richard Reed, FirstNet Chief Customer Officer

At FirstNet, we are focused on planning and deploying a nationwide broadband network for public safety; one that can evolve with technology, leverage innovation in the commercial sector, and adapt to public safety’s mission needs. 

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