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Thousands of First Responders Participate in World Police and Fire Games

July 1, 2015

The World Police & Fire Games 2015 kicked off last week with an Opening Ceremony in Washington, D.C. that featured a welcome celebration, the parade of athletes, and the lighting of the ceremonial torch. The World Police & Fire Games Federation established the games in 1985, and since then they have become an international event that brings together more than 10,000 public safety personnel from 70 countries to showcase their athletic ability in more than 65 sporting events.

FirstNet Evaluating Key Indoor Location Technologies to Help Solve 'Z-Axis’ Challenges for Public Safety

June 29, 2015

Jeff Bratcher, Acting Chief Technology Officer
If you’ve ever tried to use a mobile device’s location-based functions in a densely built high-rise building, you know that it can often be inaccurate. The necessity for vertical location identification (height above or below ground level) is even more critical for first responders. When public safety personnel are responding to incidents in dense urban environments, the ability of incident commanders to track firefighters as they ascend in a tall building or law enforcement in below-ground subway systems would be extremely helpful to response operations.

NIST: 'Interconnected Technologies Can Help to Reduce Nation's Fire Toll'

June 26, 2015

This blog is a repost from the National Institute of Standards and Technology - Research Roadmap Traces the Path to ‘Smart’ Fire Fighting. You may read and download the full report on the NIST website.
When responding to the more than 1.2 million blazes reported annually, the nation's firefighters usually start with a dangerous disadvantage: They often lack critical information—even something as basic as a floor plan—that could be vitally important in mounting the most effective and safest attack.

FirstNet State SPOCs Discuss Best Practices for Planning an Initial Consultation Meeting

June 24, 2015

FirstNet has produced the following video on best practices for planning state consultation meetings in coordination with the Single Points of Contact (SPOC) from several states. Thanks to Lori Stone, Maryland Acting SPOC; Todd Early, Texas SPOC; Thomas Lampe, Iowa SPOC; Bill Schrier, Washington SPOC; and Lisa Leahy, Maine SPOC for their cooperation and insights. If you would like to share your consultation planning best practices with FirstNet, please contact

Maine Initial Consultation Meeting Focuses on Rural Coverage

June 22, 2015

By Claudia Wayne, FirstNet Senior Advisor
More than 20 state and local public safety stakeholders from across the state of Maine gathered in Augusta for the initial consultation meeting on May 20, 2015. Placed around the meeting room that day were maps prepared by the FirstNet Maine team showing the state’s transportation routes and tribal lands. What is most striking about these maps is how clearly they show the amount of rural area in the state.

TRACIE: Your Gateway to Smarter Emergency Preparedness Information

June 18, 2015

This blog is a repost from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response - ASPR Blog.
Whether you work for a hospital, are part of a healthcare coalition, or are a healthcare provider, emergency manager or a public health practitioner, you are probably looking for a smarter way to keep the people who rely on you healthy, safe, and informed when disaster strikes. Finding information is easy – finding the right information can be a lot harder.

FirstNet Moving Quickly To Answer 650+ Questions on Special Notice with Draft RFP Documents

June 18, 2015

By James Mitchell, FirstNet Senior Program Manager for Operations
On April 27th, FirstNet released its Special Notice with Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) documents. With the release, we opened up the document for questions and comments, and solicited capabilities statements. FirstNet has made it a matter of policy that engagement with industry, the states and territories, the public safety community, and other market participants is key to the development of our RFP. It also reflects our ongoing commitment to transparency in our pursuit of a nationwide comprehensive network solution for public safety.

What is an Applications Ecosystem?

June 17, 2015

By Mark Golaszewski, FirstNet Director of Applications
Advances in mobile technology have transformed the way we all live our lives. A massive marketplace exists which provides applications that enhance collaboration, communication, responsiveness, efficiency, and entertainment from a mobile device.

Arkansas Initial Consultation Meeting

June 11, 2015

By Claudia Wayne, FirstNet Senior State Consultation Advisor
The FirstNet consultation team joined 74 public safety personnel for the Arkansas Initial Consultation Meeting in Little Rock last month. David Maxwell, the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, welcomed the group and encouraged everyone in attendance to ask questions and engage with the FirstNet team to make the day a success.

Iowa Recognizes State SPOC for Progress on FirstNet Planning, Consultation

June 10, 2015

Today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recognized the state’s progress in planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) by presenting the 2015 Broadband Hero Award to Iowa’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Tom Lampe. On behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), I would like to congratulate Tom and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Board (ISICB) for this much deserved award.


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