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Applications and Mobile Data to Improve Operations and Emergency Responder Safety

April 19, 2018
William Schrier, Senior Advisor

A number of public safety agencies are adopting FirstNet and gaining capabilities they have never had before. These FirstNet trailblazers are exploring the benefits of smart devices powered by a dedicated, high-speed wireless broadband connection. Capturing and sharing real-time data, live streaming, and incident mapping are just a few FirstNet-powered capabilities they’re incorporating into emergency response.

Devices are Ready for Public Safety’s Use on FirstNet

April 11, 2018
By Joe Martinet, Director of Devices

This is an exciting time for FirstNet. In the last month, the First Responder Network Authority-AT&T partnership has reached major milestones in deploying the network for first responders, including the launch of the nationwide buildout of public safety’s spectrum – Band 14 – and the delivery of the FirstNet Core.

With FirstNet, Information will Move as Fast as the Incident

April 11, 2018
By Aislynn C. Turner, First Responder Network Authority, Public Safety Advocacy Team

This blog is a repost from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Bulletin March 2018 Issue.

The goal of the emergency manager is to bring as much data as possible into the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and then to synthesize it into the most meaningful and complete picture of the current situation to share with other public safety and government officials.

Brazos County Adopts FirstNet: ‘This day is something we’ve been looking forward to’

April 10, 2018

In September 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his decision to opt in to FirstNet network. And in January of this year, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department became the first Texas agency to officially subscribe to FirstNet service. “This day is something we’ve been looking forward to,” said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.

FirstNet Core Delivers on the Promise of a Dedicated Network for Public Safety

March 27, 2018
By Jeff Bratcher, Chief Technology Officer and Operations Director

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, public safety from all disciplines joined together to advocate for a single nationwide public safety broadband network. A wireless network they would fight for and have a say in from the start. A network built upon industry standards, nationwide spectrum, and a device portfolio for all disciplines to ensure interoperability - a network with the security and reliability to help meet their lifesaving needs.

FirstNet at IWCE 2018

March 1, 2018

The First Responder Network Authority looks forward to participating in the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2018 from March 5-9. At this year’s event in Orlando, Florida, leadership from the First Responder Network Authority will discuss progress in the deployment of FirstNet, as well as the latest on FirstNet programs to drive innovation for first responders and transform the future of public safety communications.

Annual Report Outlines Year of Progress Leading to Launch of FirstNet Network

February 27, 2018
By Ed Parkinson, Director of Government Affairs, First Responder Network Authority

Each February – the month that Congress established FirstNet – we submit our annual report to Congress on the progress FirstNet has made to deliver the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet Network is Putting Richmond's First Responders First

February 21, 2018
By Lori Stone, Region III Lead

Not long after testing FirstNet’s new mobile capabilities over a high-speed wireless network, public safety agencies in the City of Richmond announced that they would be among the first in the country to subscribe to FirstNet services provided by AT&T and bring next generation technology to first responders.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of First 9-1-1 Call at NENA’s “9-1-1 Goes to Washington” Conference

NENA’s “9-1-1 Goes to Washington” event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call, which was made on Feb. 16, 1968 from a rotary style phone in Haleyville, AL.
February 20, 2018
By William Hinkle, FirstNet Senior 9-1-1 Advisor

Last week, the NENA: the 911 Association (NENA) and the NG 9-1-1 Institute jointly held its annual “9-1-1 Goes to Washington” event for hundreds of public safety communications officials. Without fail, the event provides a unique networking opportunity for first responders to meet with Members of Congress and Congressional staff, and to learn about important federal initiatives and policy discussions impacting the needs of 9-1-1 centers and the public safety community.

Prioritizing Public Safety at the International Balloon Festival

February 1, 2018
By Jacque Miller-Waring, FirstNet Region 6 Lead

During the 2017 International Balloon Festival, at the exact moment when hundreds of brightly colored balloons were released into Albuquerque’s clear blue skies, tens of thousands of spectators simultaneously posted photos, videos and social media updates to share with friends and family.

For area law enforcement and public safety officials who rely on the same bandwidth to communicate and maintain safety, ordinarily they would experience clogged networks causing signal delay or failure, making their already difficult jobs nearly impossible to perform.

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