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FirstNet Buildout Launches Nationwide as Public Safety Core Nears Delivery

March 7, 2018

FirstNet’s nationwide footprint is expanding. The First Responder Network Authority has given its partner, AT&T, the green light to build out FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. This includes deploying public safety’s dedicated spectrum – Band 14 – across statewide radio access networks in states and territories across the country.

Commerce Secretary Appoints FirstNet Board Members; Statements from FirstNet Chair, Board Appointees

February 8, 2018

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of four individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority, including three new membersThe following are statements on today’s announcement from the FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson and the four appointees.

The Northern Mariana Islands to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Torres Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

January 19, 2018

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres accepted the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools that will help the Northern Mariana Islands’ first responders save lives and protect communities.

American Samoa to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Moliga Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

January 10, 2018

American Samoa is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga accepted the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools that will help American Samoa’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“In weighing this important decision to join FirstNet or deploy our own system, our team came to the conclusion that opting-in to FirstNet was the better solution for American Samoa and our first responders,” said Governor Moliga. “I wish to express my appreciation to the Director of Homeland Security, Samana Veavea, and Commissioner of Public Safety Le’i Sonny Thompson, and their respective staffs, for their contributions to the making of this well-informed decision. We look forward to working with AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority to deploy this network.”

Blogs

Meet the Expert: FirstNet EMS Senior Advisor Brent Williams Discusses the Evolution in EMS and Technology

With FirstNet deploying across the country, many more functional technologies are now possible in the field – and that improves patient care exponentially
May 22, 2018

When Brent Williams, Senior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) enrolled in an emergency medical technician (EMT) class in the late 1970s, advances in EMS were taking off.  He pursued his growing interest in the field and signed-up for a first-of-its-kind paramedic class offered in Saginaw, MI.

FirstNet Will Offer Law Enforcement a Reliable Connection and New Tools to Support Officer Wellness and Safety

The deployment of FirstNet provides U.S. law enforcement agencies with another tool in their officer safety toolbox—a powerful communications network that improves first responder safety.
May 17, 2018
by Ehrin Ehlert, Regional Lead, First Responder Network Authority

This blog is a repost from the May 2018 issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine.

In the fall of 2017, a Pennsylvania police officer suffered a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot. According to media accounts, the 44-year-old Allegheny Township officer had been called to a mobile home park where a man was reported to be creating a disturbance. When the officers arrived, the suspect allegedly ran. The officer experienced the heart attack while chasing after the suspect.1

Read more at PoliceChiefMagazine.org.

Meet the expert: Law Enforcement advisor brings more than 30+ years of police experience to Public Safety Advocacy team

“I’ve had a lot of jobs in my 31 years, but the best job I ever had was being a 24-year-old patrol officer driving around in a car. It was the excitement. I saw something different every day.”
May 15, 2018

Harry Markley joined the First Responder Network Authority as law enforcement senior advisor after more than 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Markley started his career as patrol officer and was promoted through the ranks to assistant chief of police. In his three decades of service, he touched nearly every part of the department, serving as a narcotics detective, training officer, SWAT team commander, crime lab administrator, precinct commander, and director of the State Police Academy.

First Responder Network Authority Receives Another "Clean" Audit Opinion

First Responder Network Authority achieved a clean audit opinion for its financial statements for the fifth consecutive year.
May 11, 2018
By Kim S. Farington, Chief Financial Officer

The First Responder Network Authority has again received an unmodified audit opinion on its financial statements for Fiscal Year 2017. This marks the fifth consecutive year FirstNet has achieved a clean audit opinion for its financial statements.

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