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On the Road: Kansas and Wyoming Broadband Conferences

Thursday, October 23, 2014

By Amanda Hilliard, Director of Outreach
Earlier this week, members of FirstNet’s outreach team attended two important events to educate public safety stakeholders about our efforts to plan for and deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). Association Manager Vicki Lee was in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at the Little America Convention Center for the third annual Wyoming Broadband Summit. Meanwhile, more than 600 miles away in Wichita, Kansas, FirstNet State and Local Outreach Branch Chief Jeremy Zollo participated in the Kansas National Public Safety Broadband Conference.

Mutual Aid: App Developers and Public Safety Experts Collaborating

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This blog is cross-posted from the APCO International website.
By Mark Reddish
It’s no surprise that public safety apps are better when developed with input from public safety experts. What’s surprising, or at least exciting, is that professionals from two different worlds can work so well together when they’re practically speaking different languages. Great things happen when developers and public safety professionals collaborate and help each other understand terms like stacks, Git, the cloud, PSAP, AED, trauma-code, and – fittingly – mutual aid.

Training Program Supports Emergency Response Involving those with Disabilities

Monday, October 20, 2014

This is the first of a two-part series about a Niagara University training program that helps first responders prepare for emergencies involving individuals with disabilities.
The Nation’s emergency response community is dedicated to protecting the safety and security of those in need. Our firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS providers, and other public safety personnel work to keep the public safe – including individuals who have difficulties with seeing, hearing, speaking and other disabilities.

Washington Initial Consultation Meeting

Friday, October 17, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, Director of State Consultation
Yesterday, FirstNet joined over 170 public safety communications officials from across Washington State to hold their initial consultation meeting, the fourth meeting for FirstNet in a series of meetings with all 56 states and territories working together to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The meetings offer an opportunity for FirstNet, communications professionals, public safety executives, and state officials to discuss initial plans for future involvement in the development of the public safety network.

Training Helps Rhode Island First Responders Manage Disasters at Cultural Institutions

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) collaborated to provide training to help emergency responders manage disasters at cultural institutions. The training sessions illustrated the need for emergency personnel to become familiar with individual institutions and develop relevant protocols prior to disasters and emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, leaks, and fires that pose an enormous risk to precious public and community records, irreplaceable documents, and historical artifacts.

Back to Basics at the Colorado APCO/NENA Conference

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By Kristi Wilde, FirstNet Outreach Coordinator
Last week I had the privilege to provide a FirstNet update at the Colorado APCO/NENA State Conference in Westminster. The theme of this year's conference was "Back to Basics," and more than 130 enthusiastic and engaged telecommunicators, supervisors, and managers were in attendance. Their dedication to this profession and readiness to learn were on display at the conference’s panel discussions, keynote presentations, and workshops.

FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Oregon

Thursday, October 9, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
FirstNet conducted the Initial Consultation meeting for Oregon at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) yesterday in Salem. During our time here, the FirstNet team met with key public safety leaders from across the state, including Steve Noel, Oregon's state single point of contact (SPOC) and statewide interoperability coordinator. Nearly 90 state and local public safety representatives from across the state attended to learn more about FirstNet and to share information with FirstNet about the state’s planning efforts and needs for the broadband network.

Comment Deadline Extended to October 27th

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In response to requests received for additional time to respond to the RFI/Draft SOO published on September 17th, 2014, FirstNet has decided to extend the filing deadline. The new filing date for the RFI will be extended to Monday, October 27th. This extension will provide respondents with additional time to furnish meaningful feedback to FirstNet regarding its acquisition strategy for the nationwide public safety broadband network. FirstNet also announced a parallel correction and extension of the filing deadline for comments in its Public Notice and Comment process.

The National Fire Academy (NFA) Managing Officer Program

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The National Fire Academy (NFA) is offering a Managing Officer Program for firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel interested in professional development and advanced management skills. The program’s multiyear curriculum builds on foundational management and technical competencies. It also connects up-and-coming emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership.

National Fire Prevention Week 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

National Fire Prevention Week will be held the week of October 5–11, 2014. This event, sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), promotes fire safety and prevention during this week and all year long. The 2014 theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month!” focuses on the importance of having smoke alarms in your home and testing them every month.

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