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FirstNet’s Initial Consultation Meeting in the Big Sky State

October 31, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, Director of State Consultation
The FirstNet user advocacy team got an opportunity to learn more about Montana’s unique communications needs and public safety capabilities this week as part of our fifth initial state consultation meeting. We were pleased to have more than 40 public safety representatives from all levels of government and disciplines join us in Helena. Participants included the state’s single point of contact, Warren L. Dupuis, who kicked off the meeting by highlighting the benefits that a public safety broadband network could bring to first responders in Montana.

Cybercrime and Law Enforcement

October 30, 2014

Cross-posted with permission from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s FirstResponder.gov program
Since 2004, the United States has observed National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) during the month of October. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, each week of the month-long observation is dedicated to a designated theme. This year’s theme for the week of Oct. 27-31 is Cybercrime and Law Enforcement in an effort to spread awareness of identity theft, fraud, phishing and other crimes.

IACP Annual Meeting Recap

October 29, 2014

By Corey Ray, FirstNet Director of Communications
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of public safety leadership held each year. Thousands of police chiefs from small, mid-sized and metropolitan police departments attend the event to discuss the key issues and leading innovations impacting law enforcement. This year, FirstNet was pleased to take a more prominent role at the IACP conference to advance our message and promote the work underway to develop the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

On the Road: Cross-Border Workshop in Canada

October 27, 2014

By Chris Algiere, FirstNet Federal Outreach Branch Chief
The FirstNet outreach team headed north last week to participate in a cross-border workshop that included public safety officials from Canada, as well as state and local public safety representatives from the United States. The event was hosted by the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), which was established to enhance coordination and information sharing on first responder communications. The CITIG is made up of more than 1,500 volunteer members from the first responder community, all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, associations, academia, and industry.

On the Road: Kansas and Wyoming Broadband Conferences

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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