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Dedicated Broadband Plays Key Role in Emergency Management

October 20, 2016

There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, says Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people – and growing – Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs.

Broadening Consultation in the Big Sky State

October 19, 2016

By Tracey Murdock, FirstNet Outreach and Consultation Lead - Region 8

“Does a nationwide network include us, too?” asked an emergency medical service responder from rural Montana.  The question came during a meeting earlier this month in Glasgow, MT, which is a small, rural town located in the Northeastern part of Montana.  Our consultation with the Big Sky State also brought us to the largest city in Montana – Billings, with a population near 115,000.

Delivering a Nationwide Broadband Network for Public Safety, by Public Safety

PSAC Member Association Profile: National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

October 12, 2016

This is the first in a series of blogs highlighting the associations of 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.

NASEMSO Passes Resolution in Support of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

October 11, 2016

Recently, the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) passed a resolution in support of FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth provides the following statement on the resolution:

Q&A with Brent Williams, FirstNet Senior EMS Advisor

October 6, 2016

In the early days of his career, FirstNet Senior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisor Brent Williams was a paramedic working private EMS.  He was then accepted to work with the Ingham County Sheriff Department in Michigan as a police officer / paramedic.  For 11 years, Brent responded to emergencies as an officer with a stethoscope.

FirstNet: Driving Innovation & Maximizing Value for Public Safety

October 3, 2016

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

The Possibility of FirstNet for Public Safety’s Day-to-Day Business on the Street

September 29, 2016

By Lori Stone, FirstNet Region III Lead

FirstNet recently joined public safety agencies from the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads metro area to discuss what FirstNet is, how the agencies currently use data, what their mobile broadband needs are and how FirstNet will benefit them in the future.

Megahertz on the Rez: Tribal police turn to technology to help secure, protect those they serve

September 27, 2016

When the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Police are called on to search for and rescue a missing person, they turn to broadband technologies to help, say officers Adrian Calimquim and James Dew in the video below.  Faced with finding a missing and possibly incapacitated person wandering the desert, they used their smart phone apps to get the lay of the land, enabling them to locate the missing person and get him to the hospital quickly.

Data and Technology are Key Weapons when Fighting Wildland Fires

September 22, 2016

San Diego County, where Barona is located, sees wildfires regularly – in urban and remote areas, as well as on tribal reservations. Mobile data computers provide the vital, real-time information firefighters need, such as where to dispatch, wind conditions, humidity, structure locations, road conditions and availability of water supply.


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