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Guam Workshop Highlights FirstNet Capabilities for Island Communities

FirstNet Authority holds technology and operations workshop in Guam with about 80 public safety stakeholders.
December 3, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs

Last week, the First Responder Network Authority held an Agency Operations and Technology Workshop in Tamuning, Guam, with nearly 80 public safety stakeholders in attendance.  Local, federal, and military agencies participated in the conference with representation from Guam’s Emergency Management, Fire, Police, DoD, and military.  Representatives from American Samoa and Hawaii also participated in the conference.

Todd Early To Chair the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

Todd Early and Edward Horowitz participate in a 2016 PSAC meeting with FirstNet.
November 20, 2018
Edward Horowitz, FirstNet Board Chair

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Early as the new Chair of First Responder Network Authority’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). 

PSAC’s New Approach to Working with the FirstNet Authority, AT&T

PSAC meets with the FirstNet Authority at its Summer meeting in June 2018.
November 14, 2018
By Kenzie Capece, Senior Public Safety Advisor

This year, the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) debuted new methods of working with the FirstNet Authority and its partner, AT&T, on advising their work towards the FirstNet mission.  With the FirstNet network realized in 2018, this is bringing a new focus and flurry of work and activity to the PSAC in their advisory role.        

Washington County, MD turns to FirstNet during critical incident response

During an event marking one year of FirstNet in the State of Maryland, Sheriff Mullendore discusses how the network is benefited Washington County during severe flooding in the spring of 2018.
November 7, 2018
By Lori Stone, Region III Lead, First Responder Network Authority

The Washington County Sheriff’s office is leading the nation on transforming public safety communications and is putting FirstNet to use serving rural communities. The agency was among the first in the nation – and the very first in the State of Maryland – to subscribe to the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet and EMS: Partners in patient care

EMS using FirstNet are already seeing its possibilities and learning how the dedicated communication system dramatically supports their work in the field.
October 25, 2018
By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

EMS using FirstNet are already seeing its possibilities and learning how the dedicated communication system dramatically supports their work in the field.

For example, during the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race in Newport, RI – an event where tens of thousands of tourists used their phones to send pictures and receive updates on races – the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) stayed in constant communication with field personnel and maintained better situational awareness using FirstNet.

New opportunities for agencies to engage with FirstNet Authority on operationalizing mobile data

Episode 10 of the Public Safety First Podcast highlights FirstNet's engagement strategy.
October 24, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs for Public Safety Advocacy

More than 3,600 agencies have now joined FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. As public safety agencies sign up for FirstNet and tap into the key capabilities of their network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) continues to work hand-in-hand with them to understand their current and future broadband needs.

Tech Talk: Gold Coast, Australia, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

FirstNet Authority participates in 3GPP Plenary meetings held September 10-14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
October 5, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Senior Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from September 10-14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

 

FirstNet bolsters communications for Boston Marathon first responders

Keeping attendees safe at large events requires first responders to communicate seamlessly and gather vast amounts of information. At the 2018 Boston Marathon, first responders experienced the FirstNet difference with reliable communications and prioritized access to their dedicated broadband network.
October 2, 2018
By Michael Varney, First Responder Network Authority, Northeast Area Lead

This blog is a repost from EMS1.com of an article originally published on July 11, 2018.

Despite the cold rain and driving wind, hundreds of thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets of Boston to witness one of the world’s oldest annual marathons: the Boston Marathon. This year, the race took on added significance as it marked the five-year anniversary of the 2013 bombing.

PODCAST: FirstNet Authority to hit the road for IACP 2018 in Orlando

Behind the scenes of Episode 8: Dave Buchanan interviews FirstNet Authority’s Harry Markley and Jeff King in this law enforcement-focused edition of the Public Safety First podcast.
September 27, 2018

Each October, law enforcement leaders come together to attend several significant events that recognize the past year’s accomplishments and challenges, and work together to identify solutions and goals for the future. These events include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition in conjunction with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Fall Meeting and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Town Hall.

Houston Tests Devices and Apps Using FirstNet Spectrum

Testing is an opportunity to public safety industry a glimpse into tech adoption for first responders.
September 26, 2018
by Lesia Dickson, First Responder Network Authority Director, Field Operations

This blog is a repost from Emergency Management Magazine article on July 20, 2018.

Testing is an opportunity to public safety industry a glimpse into tech adoption for first responders.

When the spotlight is on for a major national event like the Super Bowl, the opportunities to demonstrate cutting-edge public safety communications technologies abound.  In addition to better game-day communications, there is often the belief that the investment in innovative technologies will positively improve day-to-day operations when the spotlight fades.

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