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PSAC Association Profile: American Public Works Association (APWA)

June 22, 2017

Traditional first responders, such as law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel, rush to the scene of an incident and their mission to save lives is clear. But what about the other responders involved in an emergency who quickly clear and repair the roads or help restore electricity and water after an emergency event?

PSAC Recap: Outreach, State Plans, Network Solutions Focus of Summer Meeting

June 16, 2017

Yesterday, members of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) met in San Antonio, Texas, for the first in-person meeting of the year.  Thirty-four PSAC members gathered to review FirstNet’s most recent progress, hear from leaders in the organization, and update general membership on findings related to its task teams and working groups.

FirstNet Board Member Gov. James Douglas to States, Public Safety: ‘Keep your eyes on the prize’

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2017 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

June 12, 2017

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Antonio, TX, June 12, 2017

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FirstNet, AT&T Set for State Plan `Kick-off’ Meeting with SPOCs

June 5, 2017

Now into the third month of our public-private partnership, FirstNet and AT&T remain laser focused on a top priority:  the State Plans.  We moved forward on the plans soon after forming the partnership and are targeting the delivery via an online portal later this month – more than three months ahead of the schedule we put forth in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

FDIC Highlights Advances In Firefighter Training, Technology

June 1, 2017

Recently, FirstNet attended the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event was so large it took over most of the downtown area and was housed in both the Indiana Convention Center and the Lucas Oil Stadium. 2017 was the first time FirstNet officially attended, and it was an amazing opportunity to be part of one of the largest firefighter conferences of the year. Conference attendees were from all across the country and represented all levels of the fire community, from new recruits to chiefs.

FirstNet's Nationwide Network: A promising opportunity for community paramedicine programs

May 30, 2017

Originally posted on EMS1.com, Apr 13, 2017

Awareness of FirstNet's interconnected broadband network for securing and improving public safety communication is increasing among EMS leaders

FirstNet: Connecting EMS To Improve On-Scene Triage, Care and Safety

May 25, 2017

Originally posted on EMS World on May 24, 2017

FirstNet has developed this video presentation to help the EMS community prepare for the rollout of the nationwide public safety broadband network. FirstNet represents a revolution in the way EMS and other public safety entities will communicate with one another and how improved organizational interoperability will lead to more efficient and more appropriate patient care and health system navigation. 

PSAC Profile: National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)

May 24, 2017

EMS professionals are some of our most important first responders and save lives on a daily basis by responding to a wide variety of medical emergencies. Whether they are resuscitating a heart attack victim on the scene or providing critical care for a drug overdose victim on the way to a hospital, EMS professionals often make the difference between life and death in medical emergencies. The FirstNet network will offer EMS professionals enhanced communications capabilities to help improve the quality and speed of care.

National EMS Week 2017: Always in Service

May 22, 2017

By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), FirstNet Board Member and Communications Technology Advisor, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Association of EMTs, National Association of EMS Physicians, National EMS Management Association, and National Association of  EMS Educators

This week is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is a time to recognize EMS practitioners around the country for the lifesaving services they perform every day.  It is also a time to reflect and honor those EMS workers who have died in the line of duty.  Events are taking place throughout the nation to highlight their achievements and honor their sacrifices. 

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