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PSAC Association Profile: Major County Sheriffs of America

September 21, 2017

As law enforcement agencies eagerly await the deployment of the FirstNet network, the Major County Sheriffs of America (MSCA) continues to champion the needs of public safety from the Nation’s largest counties and parishes. MCSA is the voice of elected sheriffs from counties or parishes with a population of 500,000 or more – representing over 100 million Americans. Sheriffs’ offices are often the sole law enforcement agency in rural areas without local police departments, operate jails and prisons, provide court services, and execute warrants.

September is National Preparedness Month

September 6, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month. Ready.gov is encouraging everyone to plan how they would stay safe and communicate during disasters. FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, is here to support first responders as they help their communities prepare for the unexpected.

ACEP Frontline Podcast features FirstNet, Highlights Network's Ability to Help Improve Patient Care

With FirstNet’s advanced broadband capabilities, treating physicians receive more and better organized information that allows for improved clinical and operational decisions.
September 6, 2017

In August 2017, McGinnis and Williams participated in an in-depth conversation with Dr. Stanton, a Board-certified emergency room physician in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss topics related to FirstNet, including the capabilities and benefits of the network to emergency medicine and patient care in rural America.

PSAC Profile: Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International

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August 29, 2017

When most people think of public safety, their minds naturally jump to firefighting, law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS). It’s true that these disciplines account for a great deal of first responders, but what about those who answer our emergency calls for help  at Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and other emergency communications call centers?

Advancing UAS Technologies in all Public Safety Disciplines

With the introduction of UAS devices for public safety use, first responders gain access to aerial views of the incident, as well as the ability to send real-time pictures and data to different locations.
August 23, 2017

Mike Worrell, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Advisor

Article originally appeared in FIRE CHIEF Magazine, August 22, 2017

A long-time FirstNet supporter, Charlottesville Fire Chief Emeritus Charles Werner has been a strong advocate for UAS technology as an additional tool for all public safety disciplines. During his 42 years of service, Werner learned first-hand about the importance of communication and the value of new technologies when responding to major emergencies. With the introduction of UAS devices for public safety use, first responders gain access to aerial views of the incident, as well as the ability to send real-time pictures and data to different locations.

Read the Full Story: Advancing UAS technologies in all public safety disciplines,

FirstNet Heads to the Mile High City for #APCO2017

APCO 2017 takes place August 13-16 in Denver, CO
August 11, 2017

Next week, the FirstNet Team will travel to Denver, Colorado to present and exhibit at APCO International’s 2017 Annual Conference. The conference includes attendees from all aspects of public safety communications and is a great opportunity to continue our dialogue with this community on the public safety broadband network.

PSAC Association Profile: National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

Darryl Ackley, NASCIO representative to the FirstNet PSAC
August 8, 2017

With the recent announcement of AT&T as FirstNet’s partner, FirstNet delivered State Plans that reflect the public safety priorities of states, territories, and the District of Columbia for the FirstNet network. FirstNet and AT&T are currently engaging with states to review their individual State Plans, which detail network deployment, coverage, products and services, and cost.

FirstNet: Putting Lifesaving Technologies into the Hands of Heroes

FirstNet is a critical infrastructure project that will give our first responders the communications tools they need to keep America safe and secure.
July 28, 2017

FirstNet was honored to be a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's celebration of American Heroes Week, highlighting the brave men and women of public safety who are America's heroes. This blog is reposted from https://www.commerce.gov/news/the-commerce-blog

FirstNet is Developing An Applications Ecosystem With Public Safety

FirstNet is taking first responders’ feedback and using their ideas to cultivate an open, integrated applications ecosystem on the FirstNet Network.
July 24, 2017

Originally posted by the ACT | The App Association on July 24, 2017

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created to equip America’s first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools, enabled by the first nationwide interoperable, wireless broadband network.

Consultation with States, Territories Ramps Up with Focus on State Plan Reviews

The FirstNet and ATT team engages with California's public safety community at the State Plan Review Consultation
July 14, 2017

Since delivering State Plans less than a month ago, the FirstNet and AT&T team has crisscrossed the country to meet with 42 states and territories regarding their plans, with 12 more engagements slated for later this month.  The State Plan Review Consultation meetings are designed for the states and territories to ask questions and provide feedback on their plans, so the Governor in each state and territory has the information that she or he needs to make the most informed decision on its State Plan this year.


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