First responder holds smartphone

Integrating FirstNet deployables during a cybersecurity attack

At the annual Winter Institute Workshop and Exercise, hosted by the Texas A&M University’s Internet 2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC), public safety officials evaluate technologies in real-life scenarios to help shape future technologies and research. During the 2020 exercise, participants practiced integrating new technologies, including a FirstNet deployable, into disaster operations during a simulated cyberattack.




Three 9-1-1 call takers sit at dispatching consoles in a large 9-1-1 call center.

FirstNet Answers the Call for Tactical Dispatchers in Ohio

The Hamilton County Communications Center (HCCC) in Ohio is responsible for dispatch services for public safety agencies across the county. Access to FirstNet’s robust and reliable platform is helping tactical dispatchers at the Communications Center.


Image 1: In an ambulance, one first responder looks at a tablet and another first responder looks at a monitor connected to a patient.  Image 2: First responder looks at a tablet standing in front of a Junction City Fire Department vehicle.  Image 3: A first responder sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle looks at the screen of a tablet.

Junction City EMS Uses FirstNet in Local, Regional, and National Response

Junction City Fire Department’s EMS services a rural, Midwest community in Kansas. They’re using FirstNet to address communication challenges, whether for long distance transports to the nearest trauma facility, coordinating regional recovery efforts after a tornado, or deploying across the country to respond to a national disaster. 


During a large-scale incident at an airport, first responders are attending crash victims on runway.

No turbulence for FirstNet at Rhode Island airport exercise and drill

During a large-scale incident at an airport, commercial networks can quickly become overloaded and cripple traditional analog radio systems for emergency response efforts. To prepare for this situational challenge, first responders tested the FirstNet network during a routine emergency management exercise at TF Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.


A car crushed by a fallen tree surrounded by branches and tree trunks; a Beavercreek Township fire truck leaves the fire station.

Disaster Recovery and Damage Assessment with FirstNet in Southern Ohio

On Memorial Day 2019, nearly 55 tornadoes touched down in eight states across the country. Ohio saw some of the worst damage, including an EF3 tornado that tore through Beavercreek Township. Kyle Richardson, FirstNet Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor, describes the damage caused by this tornado and how the Beavercreek Township Fire Department used FirstNet to assist with damage assessment efforts.


A police SUV with lights on and lit flare sit in a snowstorm at night.

FirstNet’s Dedicated Public Safety Broadband Network is Driving Innovation for Law Enforcement

Over the past decade, police chiefs nationwide have begun to increase their departments’ use of mobile broadband technology. A reliable mobile broadband network helps agencies capture and share information, coordinate with other agencies, and take advantage of new technologies to protect and serve their communities. David Cook, FirstNet Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor, reviews how police departments in New York are benefiting from FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network.


Hot-air balloon participate on a field glow at third annual FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

FirstNet ‘immeasurable’ at Oklahoma balloon festival

In August, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) hosted the third annual FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma, this year attracting an estimated 20,000 attendees. Large events like the balloon festival require months of advance preparation to ensure the community’s safety and security. As part of these efforts, festival planners had to prepare for potential impacts on public safety communications, including commercial network congestion.


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