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FirstNet Board Member Sheriff Stanek Message to Law Enforcement for Police Week 2016

May 21, 2016

By Sheriff Richard Stanek, FirstNet Board Member
National Police Week, the annual week-long event honoring our nation's law enforcement officers with special recognition for the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, is officially wrapping up today, Saturday, May 21. I was pleased to see all the activity through events and recognition among my colleagues in the law enforcement community. In Hennepin County, Minnesota, where I serve as Sheriff, I was honored to speak at the Hennepin County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony where we paid tribute to remember fallen law enforcement officers in our County.

FirstNet Looks to Continue EMS Collaboration on New Public Safety Broadband Network

May 19, 2016

To celebrate EMS Week 2016, FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis discusses outreach and consultation with the EMS community.  This article is reprinted with permission of JEMS. Also, please check out this video by Kevin acknowledging the entire EMS community for their commitment to the communities they serve:

Austin-Travis County EMS Talks Broadband Benefits, ‘Why They Serve’

May 17, 2016

FirstNet staff recently met with members of the Public Information and Community Relations & Injury Prevention team with Austin-Travis County EMS. Like their hometown of Austin, this EMS team is  known for its innovative use of technology.   

Not only does the team seek to provide outstanding medical care, but it has also earned two Emmys for public safety announcements (PSA), and a documentary film about the team is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival.

Police Week 2016: FirstNet Recognizes our Nation’s Law Enforcement Personnel

May 16, 2016

The entire FirstNet organization extends our sincerest appreciation to all our nation’s law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day.

EMS Week 2016: FirstNet Recognizes our Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Personnel

May 16, 2016

The entire FirstNet organization extends our sincerest appreciation to all our nation’s paramedics and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day.

FirstNet Moves Forward in Robust Consultation with States and Territories

May 13, 2016

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of Consultation

With the Initial State Consultations and 2015 data collection efforts complete, the FirstNet User Advocacy team moved forward this year with state single point of contact (SPOC) Engagement meetings. These meetings provided us with another opportunity to collect feedback from the states and territories about their progress, activities, and concerns with preparing for the FirstNet network. 

The FirstNet Experience: Ohio’s Video Game Virtually Demonstrates Network’s Potential

May 12, 2016

The OhioFirst.Net program has developed a unique way for people to experience the potential of the FirstNet network – a video game that allows users to virtually see the increased situational awareness the nationwide public safety broadband network will provide to first responders. The organization will debut the game next week at APCO’s Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, DC.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

May 6, 2016

Tomorrow, May 7, is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. This annual event aims to increase awareness about the safety of both residents and wildland firefighters throughout the country. A number of activities, projects, and resources are available to prepare communities for and make them safer from the impacts of future and past wildfires. For more information, please consult these and other resources:

May 4th is International Firefighters Day

May 4, 2016

On this International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD), the FirstNet team would like to extend its appreciation to the men and women throughout the fire service who risk their lives each day to protect lives and property in their communities.  The deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network will benefit the safety and security of our nation’s firefighters and the people they serve in the 56 states and territories. On this day, FirstNet is pleased to spotlight the work of the Puerto Rico Firefighters Corps (Cuerpo de Bomb

Public Service Recognition Week 2016

May 2, 2016

The annual Public Service Recognition Week is underway, and FirstNet would like to recognize all State, tribal, local, and federal public safety personnel for the work they do to keep our communities safe and secure.  The FirstNet team takes public service seriously as it is a reflection of the community that we serve; many of them are on the frontline of emergencies and other life-threatening events every day.  We are committed to deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) that will provide first responders with access to cutting-edge communications capabilities.  To k


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