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Recognizing Fire Service Personnel on International Firefighters Day

At FirstNet, we are committed to serving America's public safety personnel, including the many contributions made by the fire service.
May 4, 2018
By Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

Today is International Firefighters' Day (IFFD), which recognizes the men and women throughout the fire service who risk their lives each day to protect lives and property in their communities.  On behalf of the FirstNet team, I would like to extend our appreciation to firefighters worldwide for their level of commitment and dedication. 

Meet Senior Fire Advisor Mike Worrell

Mike Worrell is the FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor. He was previously with the Phoenix Fire Department where he served for 29 years, most recently as the technical services division chief.
May 3, 2018
Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

Mike enjoys explaining to first responder groups around the country how FirstNet provides voice and data communications and will soon enable them to exchange visual images and real-time video with other responders both before and during emergencies. He tells them that when they’re responding to catastrophic scenes in other jurisdictions, they’ll be better informed when they arrive, because FirstNet will provide all responders with better situational awareness.

FirstNet is “Boston Strong” at the 2018 Marathon

The First Responder Network Authority (First Responder Authority) team and AT&T were on hand to distribute 80 FirstNet devices to fire, police and incident response teams from the cities of Boston and Brookline.
May 2, 2018
By Michael Varney, First Responder Network Authority, Region 1 Lead

During this year’s marathon, the First Responder Network Authority (First Responder Authority) team and AT&T were on hand to distribute 80 FirstNet devices to fire, police and incident response teams from the cities of Boston and Brookline. Thirty of these phones were outfitted with SIM cards and connected to the dedicated FirstNet Core.

Honoring First Responders in May

National Police Week 2017 in Washington DC.
May 1, 2018

Honoring Those Who Serve Our Communities

America’s first responders are on the front lines working to save lives and protect communities across the nation. During the month of May, there are a number of opportunities to recognize the hard work and life-saving sacrifices of fire service, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel.

Here is a lineup of May events to honor public safety.

Tech Talk: Chennai, India 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

April 23, 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 March 19-23, 2018 in Chennai, India.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

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.

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