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Connecting Communities through Strong Mobile Networks Improves Services and Safety

The vision of the FirstNet network aligns with the vision for smart cities, in which enhanced and connected communication tools give public safety better situational awareness and better outcomes for those they serve.
July 13, 2018
By Jeanette Kennedy, First Responder Network Authority Government Affairs and William Schrier, First Responder Network Authority Senior Advisor

The First Responder Network Authority recently participated in the Smart Cities workshop in Las Vegas, hosted by US Ignite on May 30. Local governments and industry came together to discuss public safety solutions in light of smart city deployments. Leaders from Albuquerque (NM), Boise (ID), Lafayette (KY), Las Vegas and Henderson (NV), and Portland (OR) attended and shared examples of how they are deploying smart city solutions in their communities.

Tech Talk: La Jolla, CA, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

3GPP plenary meetings took place  June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA
July 11, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, 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 June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

Helping America Celebrate a Safe and Happy 4th of July

Securing Fourth of July celebrations is just one example of how public safety is using FirstNet.
June 28, 2018
By Dave Faulkner Regional Lead IX

As most Americans make plans to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, first responders across the country are preparing to work around the clock to keep communities safe.

Smooth Sailing for FirstNet at Volvo Ocean Race

“When we tried the new technology that came out of FirstNet and applied it to [the Volvo Ocean Race], tracking public safety entities in the venue was great for situational awareness,” said Tom Guthlein, Operations Section Chief for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
June 20, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Newport, Rhode Island hosted the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, it was the only North American stopover out of 12 cities on six continents during this around-the-world sailing event. For 13 days in May, over 100,000 tourists and sailing enthusiasts descended onto Newport’s Race Village in Fort Adams State Park to witness one of the world’s toughest sailings competitions. 

From hurricanes to tropical storms, Emergency Managers are at the center of community preparedness

FirstNet devices used to track severe weather events and share real time data with responders.
June 14, 2018
By: Charles R. Murph, First Responder Network Authority, Region IV Lead

Emergency managers are at the center of community preparedness and response should an emergency or disaster strike. As hurricane season is upon us, it is a reminder of the important work of our nation’s emergency managers who put service to their communities first in times of need.

FirstNet Has Arrived: What EMS Professionals Need to Know about Public Safety’s Broadband Network

“I've long seen the vision of what FirstNet can do for EMS. While there is still much more work to do, it's exciting to say that FirstNet is a reality.” – Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member
June 12, 2018
By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, FirstNet Board Member

For many years, I’ve been talking to my fellow paramedics and colleagues in EMS about the promise of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. There were a lot of “whens” and “ifs” and “we expect” in those discussions.

FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut

Following a May 15, 2018 storm, Brookfield, CT fire and police were able to quickly take advantage of FirstNet to help coordinate recovery efforts to area residents.
June 8, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid.

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.
June 5, 2018

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018

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.

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