As mobile broadband communications become increasingly embedded in public safety operations, states are updating policy and process documents to account for this new way of communicating. Recently, the Missouri Department of Public Safety updated the Missouri Field Operations Guide, a statewide reference tool that outlines established and trusted interoperable communications solutions for first responders, to include FirstNet.

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s in Wisconsin was the first tribe to participate in in-depth discussions with the First Responder Network Authority, and they were the first to sign an agreement with AT&T to build a new cell tower on tribal land. Margaret Gutierrez, National Tribal Government Liaison (Regions I-VIII) for the FirstNet Authority discusses how this buildout will help both the first responders supporting the Red Cliff Band and the residents who live there.

Fall is here and that means International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition is near!

When the “Big Game” came to Atlanta, GA in February 2019, Jim Millsap, technical division chief for the Fulton County E9-1-1 Center, wanted to ensure they were prepared in the event the main E9-1-1 center needed to be evacuated. John Hunt, First Responder Network Authority 9-1-1 senior advisor details how Fulton County Emergency Services used FirstNet to support the backup center.

This blog is a repost from Homeland Preparedness News, originally published on September 17, 2019. The original article can be accessed here.

Throughout the month of September, we recognize FEMA’s annual preparedness campaign to promote readiness in the wake of a disaster. FirstNet Authority’s Director of Field Operations for FirstNet North-Central Region, Lesia Dickson outlines how FirstNet is a vital tool that public safety can rely on when planning for emergencies.